Trap door : trans cultural production and the politics of visibilty

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Full title: Trap door : trans cultural production and the politics of visibilty / edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton
Other authors: Gossett, Reina.
Stanley, Eric A.
Burton, Johanna.
Format: Book           

Summary: Essays, conversations, and archival investigations explore the paradoxes, limitations, and social ramifications of trans representation within contemporary culture.The increasing representation of trans identity throughout art and popular culture in recent years has been nothing if not paradoxical. Trans visibility is touted as a sign of a liberal society, but it has coincided with a political moment marked both by heightened violence against trans people (especially trans women of color) and by the suppression of trans rights under civil law. Trap Door grapples with these contradictions. The essays, conversations, and dossiers gathered here delve into themes as wide-ranging yet interconnected as beauty, performativity, activism, and police brutality. Collectively, they attest to how trans people are frequently offered "doors" -- entrances to visibility and recognition -- that are actually "traps," accommodating trans bodies and communities only insofar as they cooperate with dominant norms. The volume speculates about a third term, perhaps uniquely suited for our time: the trapdoor, neither entrance nor exit, but a secret passageway leading elsewhere. Trap Door begins a conversation that extends through and beyond trans culture, showing how these issues have relevance for anyone invested in the ethics of visual culture.
Other authors: Gossett, Reina., Stanley, Eric A., Burton, Johanna.
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, 2017
Classmark: A306.768 /748609
Series: Critical anthologies in art and culture
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9780262036603 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0262036606 (hardcover : alk. paper)