Trans studies has been argued to be at a defining crossroads. The discipline needs to reorient itself toward new theories of transness and subjectivity or face its own dissolution. This means contesting received dogmas of gender-determination, identity, history, and narrative convention. This essay examines how recently proposed uses of narratives, poetry, and satire can enable such contests in generative ways. It theorizes the trans complaint as an index for how popularly and academically mediated trans cultures, or intimate publics, might turn toward ordinary life theories in order to understand desire, fantasy, and their interlocking complexities of making a life.
Aultman, Brandon L.
"The Trans Complaint: Contributions to the Disagreement About Desire,"
Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women's & Gender Studies: Vol. 20:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cortland.edu/wagadu/vol20/iss1/5
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