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"Pronouns are problematic": The trans* body and gender theory; or, revisiting the Neo-Victorian Wo/Man’

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posted on 18.12.2020, 10:29 authored by Claire O'CallaghanClaire O'Callaghan
This article reads the representation of trans* subjectivity in Wesley Stace’s Misfortune (2005) and considers its implications for neo-Victorian studies. My argument is twofold. Firstly, I contend that Stace’s novel restages responses from trans* studies to Judith Butler’s early theorising in Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Woman (1990) on issues of gender and embodiment, something also explored by Butler in Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (1993). Secondly, I propose that, by reading Misfortune more fully through a trans* studies lens, Stace’s novel elucidates greater insight into trans* identity than hitherto has been recognised. In situating these points side-by-side, I consider the ways that neo-Victorian studies could engage more widely with the nuances of debates relating to – and issues arising from – gender theories, and consider how this flourishing genre engages more widely with LGBTQIA+ politics than is often explored.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • English and Drama

Published in

Neo-Victorian Studies

Volume

13

Issue

1

Pages

75-99

Publisher

Swansea University

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Swansea University under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

01/12/2020

Publication date

2020-12-15

ISSN

1757-9481

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Claire O'Callaghan. Deposit date: 17 December 2020