The Transgender Studies Reader

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Overview

Transgender studies is the latest area of academic inquiry to grow out of the exciting nexus of queer theory, feminist studies, and the history of sexuality. Because transpeople challenge our most fundamental assumptions about the relationship between bodies, desire, and identity, the field is both fascinating and contentious. The Transgender Studies Reader puts between two covers fifty influential texts with new introductions by the editors that, taken together, document the evolution of transgender studies in the English-speaking world. By bringing together the voices and experience of transgender individuals, doctors, psychologists and academically-based theorists, this volume will be a foundational text for the transgender community, transgender studies, and related queer theory.

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"As both a prefix and an adjective, 'trans' goes over, across, and beyond, making the possibilities seem endless for trans(gender) studies. However, to advance or progress requires some point of departure. For trans(gender) studies to evolve, we must have a solid understanding of where it all began. The Transgender Studies Reader is indispensable for its ability to encapsulate the century of dialog that has become what appears to be a decade-old phenomenon."

— Brice Smith, Women's Studies Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415947084
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/9/2006
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Stryker is the Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, and currently holds a Social Science Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Sexuality Studies in the History Department at Stanford University. Stephen Whittle is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and coordinator of the United Kingdom FTM Network.

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Table of Contents

(De)subjugated knowledges : an introduction to transgender studies 1
I Sex, gender, and science 19
1 Selections from psychopathia sexualis with special reference to contrary sexual instinct : a medico-legal study 21
2 Selections from the transvestites : the erotic drive to cross-dress 28
3 Psychopathia transexualis 40
4 Transsexualism and transvestism as psycho-somatic and somato-psychic syndromes 45
5 Selection from biological substrates of sexual behavior 53
6 Passing and the managed achievement of sex status in an "intersexed" person 58
7 Selection from the role of gender and the imperative of sex 94
8 A Cyborg manifesto : science, technology, and socialist-feminism in the late twentieth century 103
II Feminist investments 119
9 Selection from mother camp 121
10 Sappho by surgery : the transsexually constructed lesbian-feminist 131
11 Divided sisterhood : a critical review of Janice Raymond's the transsexual empire 144
12 A transvestite answers a feminist 159
13 Toward a theory of gender 165
14 Doing justice to someone : sex reassignment and allegories of transsexuality 183
15 Where did we go wrong? : feminism and trans theory - two teams on the same side? 194
III Queering gender 203
16 Transgender liberation : a movement whose time has come 205
17 The empire strikes back : a posttranssexual manifesto 221
18 Gender terror, gender rage 236
19 My words to Victor Frankenstein above the village of Chamounix : performing transgender rage 244
20 Judith Butler : queer feminism, transgender, and the transubstantiation of sex 257
21 Are lesbians women? 281
22 Hermaphrodites with attitude : mapping the emergence of intersex political activism 300
23 Mutilating gender 315
IV Selves : identity and community 333
24 Body, technology, and gender in transsexual autobiographies 335
25 A "fierce and demanding" drive 362
26 ONE Inc. and Reed Erickson : the uneasy collaboration of gay and trans activism, 1964-2003 387
27 "I went to bed with my own kind once" : the erasure of desire in the name of identity 407
28 Bodies in motion : lesbian and transsexual histories 420
29 Manliness 434
30 Selection from lesbians talk transgender 439
31 Gender without genitals : Hedwig's six inches 449
V Transgender masculinities 469
32 Of catamites and kings : reflections on butch, gender, and boundaries 471
33 The logic of treatment 482
34 Look! No, don't! : the visibility dilemma for transsexual men 499
35 Queering the binaries : transsituated identities, bodies, and sexualities 509
36 Selections from "spoiled identity" : Stephen Gordon's loneliness and the difficulties of queer history 521
37 Transsexuals in the military : flight into hypermasculinity 537
VI Embodiment : ethics in time and space 545
38 What does it cost to tell the truth? 547
39 Transmogrification : (Un)becoming other(s) 552
40 Fin de siecle, Fin du sexe : transsexuality, postmodernism, and the death of history 565
41 Skinflick : posthuman gender in Jonathan Demme's the silence of the lambs 574
42 Genderbashing : sexuality, gender, and the regulation of public space 584
43 From the medical gaze to sublime mutations : the ethics of (re)viewing non-normative body images 601
44 From functionality to aesthetics : the architecture of transgender jurisprudence 621
VII Multiple crossings : gender, nationality, race 633
45 Selections prom the chic of Araby : transvestism and the erotics of cultural appropriation 635
46 Transgender theory and embodiment : the risk of racial marginalization 656
47 Romancing the transgender native : rethinking the use of the "third gender" concept 666
48 Unsung heroes : reading transgender subjectivities in Hong Kong action cinema 685
49 Whose feminism is it anyway? : the unspoken racism of the trans inclusion debate 698
50 Transgendering the politics of recognition 706
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