Find your perfect holiday reading
The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory - FlashPoints (Paperback)
  • The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory - FlashPoints (Paperback)

The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory - FlashPoints (Paperback)

Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 30/07/2017
  • Publisher out of stock

Currently unavailable to order

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory traces the creation and significance of the trans feminine as an allegorical figure from its origins in late nineteenth-century sexological writing to subsequent writings in the fields of psychoanalysis, Modernist fiction, and contemporary Queer Theory.

The first study to identify the process by which medical sources simplified the diversity of trans feminine experience into a single diagnostic narrative of transsexuality, The New Woman illuminates how trans women were identified as archetypes for the redefinition of sex roles in works by artists and writers such as Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, Djuna Barnes, T. S. Eliot, and Jean Genet. She demonstrates how Modernism borrowed the sexological trans feminine as the embodiment of the ""sexual anarchy"" of the period.

Thus illuminating the trans feminine's Modernist provenance, The New Woman examines foundational works in Queer Theory to demonstrate how the Modernist trans feminine allegory was resuscitated at the end of the twentieth century. Insightful and seminal, The New Woman debunks the pervasive reflex beginning in the 1990s to connect trans people to a perceived collapse in sexual differences by revealing the late nineteenth-century and Modernist roots of the figure.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810135536
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

"While trans masculine studies have helped to redefine both Queer Theory and literary Modernism, trans feminist studies have largely been absent. The theoretical insights of this book will provide an original and long overdue addition to the fields of Queer Theory, Modernism, and twentieth-century literary and cultural studies."--Jaime E. Hovey, author of A Thousand Words: Portraiture, Style, and Queer Modernism

"In a thoughtful, provocative analysis of the transfeminine, Heaney draws on diverse literary, autobiographical, medical, psychoanalytical, and theoretical sources, from the late 19th century to the present, to refute monolithic, demeaning views of transfeminine experiences and culture. Especially illuminating are case histories and life writing, which afford ample evidence to counter assumptions, held by many cis heterosexuals, that trans females are isolated, persecuted, and abused. Heaney's title alludes to the rebellious new woman of the early 20th century, a transitional figure seeking redefinition and liberation from constricting roles. Highly recommended." --CHOICE
"The New Woman is an exciting breakthrough for scholars and armchair readers alike who are seeking to put the femme in feminist studies, lesbian studies, and even queer theory." --LambdaLiterary

"Heaney provides insightful and informed analyses of a wide range of writings from the modernist era, in the context of medical, psychoanalytic, feminist and material challenges to binary notions of gender and sex. Reading what she terms a 'trans feminine archive' of first-person accounts, Heaney argues against the figural appropriation of the trans feminine, detailing a range of trans experience and the various ways individuals have related to their bodies and sex experiences. Her argument is compelling, important, and timely."--Pamela L. Caughie, author of Virginia Woolf and Postmodernism: Literature in Quest and Question of Itself

You may also be interested in...

The Road to Middle-earth
Added to basket
Added to basket
Balzac's Omelette
Added to basket
Walking Jane Austen's London
Added to basket
Burns Night: A Freestyle Guide
Added to basket
The Odyssey SparkNotes Literature Guide
Added to basket
The Tolkien Quiz Book
Added to basket
The Western Lit Survival Kit
Added to basket
Tolkien's Ring
Added to basket
Tolkien and the Great War
Added to basket
The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.