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Trap door : trans cultural production and the politics of visibility

Author: Tourmaline; Eric A Stanley; Johanna Burton
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Critical anthologies in art and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tourmaline; Eric A Stanley; Johanna Burton
ISBN: 9780262036603 0262036606
OCLC Number: 978286466
Description: xxvi, 419 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Series preface / Johanna Burton --
Director's foreword / Lisa Phillips --
Known unknowns: an introduction to Trap door / Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley and Johanna Burton --
The labor of werqing it: the performance and protest strategies of Sir Lady Java / Treva Ellison --
Cautious living: black trans women and the politics of documentation / Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Cece McDonald in conversation with Toshio Meronek --
Existing in the world: blackness at the edge of trans visibility / Che Gossett and Juliana Huxtable in conversation --
Trans history in a moment of danger: organizing within and beyond "visibility" in the 1970s / Abram J. Lewis --
Out of obscurity: trans resistance 1969-2016 / Grace Dunham --
Introducing the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art / Chris E. Vargas --
One from the vaults: gossip, access, and trans history-telling / Morgan M. Page --
Everywhere archives: transgendering, trans Asians, and the Internet / Mel Y. Chen --
Dark shimmers: the rhythm of necropolitical affect in digital media / Micha Cárdenas --
Blackness and the trouble of trans visibility / Che Gossett --
Representation and its limits / Roundtable participants: Lexi Adsit, Sydney Freeland, Robert Hamblin, and Geo Wyeth; moderator: Tavia Nyong'o --
The last extremists? / Heather Love --
An affinity of hammers / Sara Ahmed --
The guild of the brave poor things / Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos --
Spiderwomen / Eva Hayward --
Proximity: on the work of Mark Aguhar / Roy Pérez --
Dynamic static / Nicole Archer --
Model of futurity / Roundtable participants: Kai Lumumba Barrow, Yve Laris Cohen, and Kalaniopua Young; moderator: Dean Spade --
All terror, all beauty / Wu Tsang and Fred Moten in conversation --
Canonical undoings: notes on trans art and archives / Stamatina Gregory and Jeanne Vaccaro --
Contemporary art and critical transgender infrastructures / Jeannine Tang.
Series Title: Critical anthologies in art and culture.
Responsibility: edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton.


Essays, conversations, and archival investigations explore the paradoxes, limitations, and social ramifications of trans representation within contemporary culture.  Read more...
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As someone who has spent her life seeking reflections of myself in visual and print media, this anthology by my dear friend Reina Gossett was a salve, helping me unpack the images I've taken in of Read more...

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