In a Queer Time and Place Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives

ISBN-10: 0814735851

ISBN-13: 9780814735855

Edition: 2004

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Description: "Halberstam's marvelous new book combines fierce argumentation, vivid description, and astute as well as hilarious commentary. The author not only provides a powerful critique of common defenses and dismissals of 'postmodernism,' but offers a redefinition of 'identity politics' for the new millennium as well." Lisa Duggan, author ofTwilight of Equality?: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy "The wide-ranging scope of (Halberstam's) work both serves to make her book accessible to many kinds of readers as well as to show the wide scope in which her argument registers. This makes her book a joy to read. Similarly, her wit and ability to capture large theoretical terms in rich and layered (and funny!) images contributes to the pleasure of this book of 'theory.'" The Cream City Review "This small seductive book pours warmth as Halberstam confesses and connects movements of pop culture and high art to a deeper understanding of the potentials of the body. She includes us in her world and its privileged understanding of her subject....In a Queer Timedisplays Halberstam's sophisticated understanding of contemporary culture in a plain and engaging tone." Pop Matters "An extremely honest and provocative book. Judith Halberstam'sIn A Queer Time and Placeboth validates and admires the beauty of the transperson as well as the genderqueer in this new era of identity performance. It is an incredible portrayal of the partnership between trans issues and gay and lesbian issues that I applaud with a full heart." JD Samson, from the band Le Tigre "Halberstam's text is academically important, critiquing identity politics and examining uncommon but essential transgender representations in art, film, and society." The Bloomsbury Review"The mere raising of these issues is important to anyone thinking about them, and the possibilities she suggests for following them further makeIn a Queer TIme and Placean essential addition to the queer studies shelf." Rain TaxiIn her first book since the critically acclaimedFemale 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 formsespecially female and trans-masculinities as they exist within subcultures, and are appropriated within mainstream culture. In a Queer Time and Placeopens 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 likeBy 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 asAustin PowersandThe Full Monty, and, finally, points to dyke subcultures as one site for the development of queer counterpublics and queer temporalities. 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 Placeis 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

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 1/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 213
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Judith Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is the author of In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives, Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters , Female Masculinity and co-author with Del LaGrace Volcano of The Drag King Book.

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