About the Book
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In the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. However, with this increased visibility has come not just power, but regulation, both in favor of and against trans people. What was once regarded as an unusual or even unfortunate disorder has become an accepted articulation of gendered embodiment as well as a new site for political activism and political recognition. What happened in the last few decades to prompt such an extensive rethinking of our understanding of gendered embodiment? How did a stigmatized identity become so central to U.S. and European articulations of self? And how have people responded to the new definitions and understanding of sex and the gendered body? In Trans*, Jack Halberstam explores these recent shifts in the meaning of the gendered body and representation, and explores the possibilities of a nongendered, gender-optional, or gender-queer future.
Jack Halberstam (PhD, English Literature, Minnesota) is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and of Gender Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon, 2012), Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (California, 2018), and Female Masculinity (Duke, 1998). He specializes in queer theory, cultural studies, gender studies, and feminist theory.