Trap Door

Trap Door

Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780262036603
0262036606
Branch Call Number: 700.4521 T688 2017
Characteristics: xxvi, 419 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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