The Promise of the Trans* Body: Twisted Liminalities of Gender in Transparent

David Lee Carlson, Joseph David Sweet

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Abstract

This article employs the feminist thought of Helene Cixous to explore the liminality of gender. It does so through the story of Maura in the popular television show, Transparent. The article begins with a review of the history of the term “transgender” and links it to Cixous’s theory. After explicating Cixous’s theory, we “wander” through the character of Maura. We use Cixous’s notion of wandering to show how Maura moved from being the patriarch of the family to being a trans* woman. The article illustrates how liminality of gender exists as a whirlpool and as a promise for gender to be written as text as flesh.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalQualitative Inquiry
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • feminist theory
  • Helene Cixous
  • liminality
  • qualitative inquiry
  • trans*

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  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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The Promise of the Trans* Body : Twisted Liminalities of Gender in Transparent. / Carlson, David Lee; Sweet, Joseph David.

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