This collection by trans and non-trans academics and artists from the United States, the UK, and continental Europe, examines how transgenderism can be conceptualized in a literary, biographical, and autobiographical framework, with emphasis on place, ethnicity and visibility. The volume covers the 1950s to the present day and examines autobiographical accounts and films featuring gender transition. Chapters focus on various stages of transitioning. Interviews with trans people are also provided.
"This lively addition to trans studies crosses diverse geographical and gender boundaries, forging important connections between personal narratives and theoretical claims." -Patricia Elliot, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Introduction Chantal Zabus and David Coad Part I: Place 1. On the History of Transsexuals in France Maxime Foerster 2. Marie, because it is beautiful Marie-Pierre Pruvot (Bambi) 3. My Sex is in My Head Ludwig Trovato Part II: Ethnicity 4. Studs, Stems, and Fishy Boys: Adolescent Latino Gender Variance and the Slippery Diagnosis of Transsexuality Vernon Rosario 5. Kaming Mga Talyada (We Who Are Sexy): The Transsexual Whiteness of Christine Jorgensen in the (Post)colonial Philippines Susan Stryker Part III: Visibility 6. Claiming Space: Transgender Visibility in the Arts Eveline Kilian 7. Transsexual Experience: Photography, Gender, and the Case of the Emperor’s New Clothes Sara Davidmann 8. The Politics of Home in Becoming Julia: Transsexual Experience in Australia David Coad 9. Trans Autobiographies as Performative Utterances John C. Hawley 10. Trans Africa: Between Transgendered ‘Possession’ and Transsexuality in South African Experiential Narratives Chantal Zabus