Transitions and transformation: from gender performance to becoming gendered

Sellberg, Karin (2009) Transitions and transformation: from gender performance to becoming gendered. Australian Feminist Studies, 24 59: 71-84. doi:10.1080/08164640802645158

Author Sellberg, Karin
Title Transitions and transformation: from gender performance to becoming gendered
Journal name Australian Feminist Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0816-4649
Publication date 2009-05-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08164640802645158
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 59
Start page 71
End page 84
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
 In an article raising the question 'Where Did We Go Wrong? Feminism and Trans Theory—Two Teams on the Same Side?’ (2006), Stephen Whittle requests the introduction of a space in which the projects of feminism and transgender studies can interact and coalesce. It is important to recognise that the introduction of a common space for feminist and transgender thought is not an uncomplicated task. The two schools inhabit similar discourses but relate to them in radically different and often opposing manners. I intend to investigate the complicated position that gendered subjectivity holds in the tempestuous relationship between a general concept of the queer and transgender in feminist and gender studies, and the subjective transgender experience related in transgender studies. I will conduct the analysis by means of fictional—predominantly literary and cinematic— transgender portrayals. This is not an arbitrary choice of medium. The fictional is in fact at the very core of the feminist/transgender chasm. Each film, drama and novel discussed here constructs a conception of gendered subjectivity, which is further complicated by the fact that it is, to some extent, a piece of fiction. The conflicting ideas of subjectivity within gender studies and feminism are often charged with a binary division between the essential/authentic and the constructed/fictional.
Keyword Transgender
Queer theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes This paper was presented in the symposium ‘Close Encounter: Rosi Braidotti— Metamorphosis, Transition, Affirmation’ at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL) 32nd Annual Conference ‘Global Arts, Local Knowledge’, Melbourne, 30 June5 July 2008

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Created: Tue, 25 Feb 2014, 13:02:19 EST by Karin Sellberg on behalf of Centre for History of European Discourses