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Transgender Experience

Place, Ethnicity, and Visibility, 1st Edition

Edited by Chantal Zabus, David Coad


192 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Chantal Zabus is Professor of Postcolonial Literatures and Gender Studies at the University Paris 13 Sorbonne-Paris-Cité, France. She is the author of Out in Africa (2013); Between Rites and Rights (2007); The African Palimpsest (2007); and Tempests after Shakespeare (2002). She is the Editor-in-Chief of Postcolonial Text.

David Coad is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Valenciennes, France. He is the author of Prophète dans le désert: Essais sur Patrick White (1997), Gender Trouble Down Under: Australian Masculinities (2002) and The Metrosexual: Gender, Sexuality, and Sport (2008).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

Cultural and media studies are now well-established as important academic disciplines and are inspiring new research into a wide range of pertinent issues. This series presents outstanding research in these subjects, helping to shape the direction of future inquiry.


To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
[email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Lesbian Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies