This book analyses how contemporary genre cinema represents trans-identified characters.
Informed by key debates within transfeminism, queer theory, contemporary trans studies – and engaging with the concerns voiced by gender critical feminism – this culturally oriented book critiques the representation of trans characters in a range of cinematic genres, including the musical, period costume drama, the road movie, melodrama, coming-of-age stories, and romances. The case studies address the ways in which trans identifications have been coded within the narrative and stylistic expectations of the genres. Are genre films successful in affirming trans identifications or do they reinforce trans stereotypes and anti-trans discourses?
This is a timely and accessible book, which addresses Anglophonic, European and Latin American cinemas, and is ideal for students studying courses in Film Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies or Gender Studies.
Introduction: Transing Genres; 1: Film Musicals; 2: Heritage Cinema; 3: Road Movies; 4: Melodrama; 5: Coming of Age Dramas; 6: Romance; Conclusion: Gender Critical Feminism