Transperformance [electronic resource] : Transgendered reading strategies, contemporary American literature /

by Iovannone, Jeffry J.

Abstract (Summary)
Summary: Contemporary literary criticism and theory often unproblematically positions the figure of the transgender as an idealized site of liberation from the constraints of binary gender identity without taking into account the actual lived experiences of transgendered subjects and the multiple violences often implicated at the site of bodies that challenge and do not fit neatly into normative definitions gender identity. Furthermore, most analyses of transgendered subjects mainly examine these identities in relation to categories of gender and sexuality at the expense of a broader understanding of the complex interplay between issues of gender and sexuality as they are linked to race, ethnicity, and class. A theory of transperformance creates new strategies through which to read the figure of the transgender in contemporary American literature in light of performance theory, which examines how cultural memory and identity are transmitted through embodied action, thus emphasizing the connection between identity formation, violence, memory, trauma, history, and diaspora. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
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School:State University of New York at Buffalo

School Location:USA - New York

Source Type:Master's Thesis



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