Critical TransTheory &Politics
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NSOS 3142
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
Exploring the contemporary moment of trans culture, media representation, and the consolidation of transgender studies into a formalized discipline, this course will give an overview of foundational trans theory, ranging from hallmark texts on gender and social construction such as Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble to more recent work on trans embodiment and phenomenology such as Gayle Salamon’s Assuming a Body. This course will also examine trans feminist of color politics and theory, including those articulated by the 1970s collective Radical Queens, Sylvia Rivera at the 1973 Pride March, and those evidenced in more recent media representations by trans women of color such as Janet Mock’s “girls like us” campaign. This course will also consider how structural violence and material struggles shape trans theory and knowledge production of trans subjects.
Course Open to: Degree Students