Assuming a Body Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality

ISBN-10: 023114959X

ISBN-13: 9780231149594

Edition: 2010

Authors: Gayle Salamon

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We believe we know our bodies intimately& mdash;that their material reality is certain and that this certainty leads to an epistemological truth about sex, gender, and identity. By exploring and giving equal weight to transgendered subjectivities, however, Gayle Salamon upends these certainties. Considering questions of transgendered embodiment via phenomenology (Maurice Merleau-Ponty), psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud and Paul Ferdinand Schilder), and queer theory, Salamon advances an alternative theory of normative and non-normative gender, proving the value and vitality of trans experience for thinking about embodiment.Salamon suggests that the difference between transgendered and normatively gendered bodies is not, in the end, material. Rather, she argues that the production of gender itself relies on a disjunction between the "felt sense" of the body and an understanding of the body's corporeal contours, and that this process need not be viewed as pathological in nature. Examining the relationship between material and phantasmatic accounts of bodily being, Salamon emphasizes the productive tensions that make the body both present and absent in our consciousness and work to confirm and unsettle gendered certainties. She questions traditional theories that explain how the body comes to be& mdash;and comes to be made one's own& mdash;and she offers a new framework for thinking about what "counts" as a body. The result is a groundbreaking investigation into the phenomenological life of gender.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Is a Body?
The Bodily Ego and the Contested Domain of the Material
The Sexual Schema: Transposition and Transgender in Phenomenology of Perception
Homoerratics
Boys of the Lex: Transgender and Social Construction
Transfeminism and the Future of Gender
Transcending Sexual Difference
An Ethics of Transsexual Difference: Luce Irigaray and the Place of Sexual Undecidability
Sexual Indifference and the Problem of the Limit
Beyond the Law
Withholding the Letter: Sex as State Property
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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