In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (Sexual Cultures)

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  • In her first book since the critically acclaimed Female Masculinity, Judith Halberstam examines the significance of the
    transgender body in a provocative collection of essays on queer time and space. She presents a series of case studies
    focused on the meanings of masculinity in its dominant and alternative forms’especially female and trans-masculinities
    as they exist within subcultures, and are appropriated within mainstream culture.

    In a Queer Time and Place opens with a probing analysis of the life and death of Brandon Teena, a young transgender man
    who was brutally murdered in small-town Nebraska. After looking at mainstream representations of the transgender body as
    exhibited in the media frenzy surrounding this highly visible case and the Oscar-winning film based on Brandon's story,
    Boys Don’t Cry, Halberstam turns her attention to the cultural and artistic production of queers themselves. She
    examines the “transgender gaze,” as rendered in small art-house films like By Hook or By Crook, as well as figurations
    of ambiguous embodiment in the art of Del LaGrace Volcano, Jenny Saville, Eva Hesse, Shirin Neshat, and others. She then
    exposes the influence of lesbian drag king cultures upon hetero-male comic films, such as Austin Powers and The Full
    Monty, and, finally, points to dyke subcultures as one site for the development of queer counterpublics and queer

    Considering the sudden visibility of the transgender body in the early twenty-first century against the backdrop of
    changing conceptions of space and time, In a Queer Time and Place is the first full-length study of transgender
    representations in art, fiction, film, video, and music. This pioneering book offers both a jumping off point for future
    analysis of transgenderism and an important new way to understand cultural constructions of time and place.


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