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Transgender and The Literary ImaginationChanging Gender in Twentieth-Century Writing$
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Rachel Carroll

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414661

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414661.001.0001

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Transgender and the Literary Imagination: Changing Gender in Twentieth-Century Writing

Transgender and the Literary Imagination: Changing Gender in Twentieth-Century Writing

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(p.1) Introduction Transgender and the Literary Imagination: Changing Gender in Twentieth-Century Writing
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Transgender and The Literary Imagination
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Rachel Carroll

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414661.003.0001

Drawing on the insights of leading scholars in the field of transgender studies, the Introduction provides extended consideration of critical and cultural frameworks essential for the project of rereading representations of transgender in twentieth-century literary fiction, including: transgender historiography; feminism and queer theory; LGBT activism and identity politics. More specifically, it examines the following topics: questions of historical representation in relation to historical fiction; the influence of genres of transgender life writing, including memoir and biography; the legacies of Second Wave feminist critiques of transsexuals; the impact of narratives of gender crossing on the interpretation of transgender lives; the relationship between transsexual narratives and intersex bodies; the role of colonial contexts and discourses of ‘race’ in the construction of gender normativity. It concludes with an overview of the book structure, providing summaries of each chapter.

Keywords:   adaptation, feminism, fiction, history, intersex, life writing, queer theory, race, transgender, twentieth century

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