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ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman$
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Alicia Kozma and Finley Freibert

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474482349

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474482349.001.0001

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Trans/sexual Negativity and the Ethics of (S)exploitation in Let Me Die a Woman

Trans/sexual Negativity and the Ethics of (S)exploitation in Let Me Die a Woman

(p.47) Chapter 3 Trans/sexual Negativity and the Ethics of (S)exploitation in Let Me Die a Woman
ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman

Harper Shalloe

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter underscores important links between trans studies and psychoanalysis through the case study of Let Me Die a Woman (1978) and presents the film as a site of struggle pertaining to genre classifications (documentary and pornography), the psychoanalytic concept of sublimation, and recent theorizations of trans negativity in trans studies. The chapter arguing that trans studies’ ontological turn has underacknowledged relations to psychoanalytic understandings of the process of sublimation. The author discusses editing as the key formal element in the film that initiates a sublimation-like process, coining a novel conceptual parallel that the author calls “editing as edging.”

Keywords:   Trans Studies, Psychoanalysis, Documentary, Sublimation, Queer film

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