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1st Edition

Transgender Perspectives on Environment and Nature

Edited By

Douglas Vakoch

ISBN 9780367086510
Published July 14, 2020 by Routledge
242 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

There is a growing recognition of the importance of transgender perspectives about the environment. Unlike more established approaches in the environmental humanities and queer studies, transecology is a nascent inquiry whose significance and scope are only just being articulated. Drawing upon 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

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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.