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Transgender Perspectives on Environment and Nature, 1st Edition

Edited by Douglas A. Vakoch


272 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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There is a growing recognition of the importance of transgender perspectives on the environment. Unlike more established approaches in the environmental humanities and queer studies, transecology is a nascent inquiry whose significance and scope are just being articulated. Drawing on the fields of gender studies and ecological studies, contributors to this volume engage major concepts widely used in both fields as they explore the role of identity, exclusion, connection, intimacy, and emplacement to understand our relationship to nature and environment.

The theorists and ideas examined across multiple chapters include Stacy Alaimo’s notion of "trans-corporeality" as a "contact zone" between humans and the environment, Timothy Morton’s concept of "mesh" to explore the interconnectedness of all beings, Susan Stryker’s notion of trans identity as "ontologically inescapable," Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson’s history of the development of queer rural spaces, Judith Butler’s analysis of gender as "performative," with those who are not "properly gendered" being seen as "abjects"—and Julia Serano’s contrasting rejection of gender as performance.

Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on Environment and Nature will be of great interest to scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates in transgender studies, gender studies, ecocriticism, and environmental humanities.

Table of Contents


Susan Stryker, PhD, University of Arizona, USA


Greta Gaard, PhD, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, USA

Introduction. "Transecology: (Re)Claiming the Natural, Belonging, Intimacy, and Impurity"

Anna Bedford, PhD, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA

Chapter 1. ‘The Bog is in Me’: Transecology and The Danish Girl

Elizabeth Parker, PhD, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Chapter 2. Coming Out, Camping Out: Theorizing Gender and Nature through Transparent

Katherine Thorsteinson, PhD, St. Thomas University, Canada and Hee-Jung Serenity Joo, PhD, University of Manitoba, Canada

Chapter 3. Posthuman Ecological Intimacy, Waste, and the Trans Body in Nånting måste gå sönder (2014)

Wibke Straube, PhD, Karlstad University, Sweden

Chapter 4. A Journey Through Eco-apocalypse and Gender Transformations: New Perspectives on Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve

Julia Kuznetski, PhD, Tallinn University, Estonia

Chapter 5. Chinese Literature, Ecofeminism, and Transgender Studies

Peter I-min Huang, PhD, Tamkang University, Taiwan

Chapter 6. Gendercrossing at the Frontier: Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s Transgender Memoirs in the Alborz Mountains

Mat Fournier, PhD, Ithaca College, USA

Chapter 7. Transplacement: Nature and Place in Carter Sickels’s ‘Saving’ and ‘Bittersweet’

Katie Hogan, PhD, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

Chapter 8. Sexuate Ecologies and the Landmarking of Transgender Cultural Heritage

Nicole Anae, PhD, Central Queensland University, Australia

Chapter 9. Transgender: An Expanded View of the Ecological Self

Gail Grossman Freyne, LLB, PhD, The Family Therapy & Counselling Centre, Australia

Chapter 10. ‘Good Animals’: The Past, Present, and Futures of Trans Ecology

Nicole Seymour, PhD, California State University, Fullerton, USA


"You’d Be Home: Meditations on Transecologies"

Finn Enke, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

About the Editor

Douglas A. Vakoch is president of METI, dedicated to Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence and sustaining civilization on multigenerational timescales. As director of Green Psychotherapy, PC, he helps alleviate environmental distress through ecotherapy. Six of his earlier books explore ecofeminism and ecopsychology.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Gender and Environments

Until October 2015, Susan Buckingham was Professor in the Centre for Human Geography at Brunel University, where she had extensive programme development, teaching and research experience. Susan is now working as an independent researcher, consultant and writer on gender and environment related issues.


With the European Union, United Nations, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and national governments and businesses at least ostensibly paying more attention to gender, including as it relates to environments, there is more need than ever for existing and future scholars, policy makers, and environmental professionals to understand and be able to apply these concepts to work towards greater gender equality in and for a sustainable world.

Comprising edited collections, monographs and textbooks, this new Routledge Studies in Gender and Environments series will incorporate sophisticated critiques and theorisations, including engaging with the full range of masculinities and femininities, intersectionality, and LBGTIQ perspectives. The concept of ‘environment’ will also be drawn broadly to recognise how built, social and natural environments intersect with and influence each other. Contributions will also be sought from global regions and contexts which are not yet well represented in gender and environments literature, in particular Russia, the Middle East, and China, as well as other East Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Annabelle Harris, Editor for Environment and Sustainability: [email protected] 

International Editorial Board

Margaret Alston is Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Giovanna Di Chiro is Professor of Environmental Studies and teaches in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Swarthmore College, USA.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen is an economist who is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada.  

Martin Hultman is a Senior Lecturer at Linköping University, Sweden.

Virginie Le Masson is a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, London, UK.

Sherilyn MacGregor is a Reader in Environmental Politics at the University of Manchester, UK.

Tanja Mölders is an environmental scientist. Since 2013 she is University Professor and holds the chair "Space and Gender" at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.

Karen Morrow is Professor of Environmental Law at Swansea University, UK.

Marion Roberts is Professor of Urban Design at Westminster University, UK.



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies