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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