Trap door : trans cultural production and the politics of visibility / edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton.

Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
Critical anthologies in art and culture.
Critical anthologies in art and culture
xxvi, 419 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Gender identity in art.
Transgender people in art.
Transgender people in popular culture.
Gender identity in art.
Transgender people in art.
Transgender people in popular culture.
Local subjects:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / General.
ART / Criticism & Theory.
ART / Art & Politics.
The increasing representation of trans identity throughout art and popular culture in recent years has been nothing if not paradoxical. Trans visibility is touted as a sign of a liberal society, but it has coincided with a political moment marked both by heightened violence against trans people (especially trans women of color) and by the suppression of trans rights under civil law. 'Trap Door' grapples with these contradictions. The essays, conversations, and dossiers gathered here delve into themes as wide-ranging yet interconnected as beauty, performativity, activism, and police brutality. Collectively, they attest to how trans people are frequently offered "doors"--Entrances to visibility and recognition -- that are actually "traps," accommodating trans bodies and communities only insofar as they cooperate with dominant norms. The volume speculates about a third term, perhaps uniquely suited for our time: the trapdoor, neither entrance nor exit, but a secret passageway leading elsewhere.
Series preface / Johanna Burton
Director's foreword / Lisa Phillips
Known unknowns: an introduction to Trap door / Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley and Johanna Burton
The labor of werqing it: the performance and protest strategies of Sir Lady Java / Treva Ellison
Cautious living: black trans women and the politics of documentation / Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and Cece McDonald in conversation with Toshio Meronek
Existing in the world: blackness at the edge of trans visibility / Che Gossett and Juliana Huxtable in conversation
Trans history in a moment of danger: organizing within and beyond "visibility" in the 1970s / Abram J. Lewis
Out of obscurity: trans resistance 1969-2016 / Grace Dunham
Introducing the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art / Chris E. Vargas
One from the vaults: gossip, access, and trans history-telling / Morgan M. Page
Everywhere archives: transgendering, trans Asians, and the Internet^^ ^ Mel Y. Chen
Dark shimmers: the rhythm of necropolitical affect in digital media / Micha Cárdenas
Blackness and the trouble of trans visibility / Che Gossett
Representation and its limits / Roundtable participants: Lexi Adsit, Sydney Freeland, Robert Hamblin, and Geo Wyeth; moderator: Tavia Nyong'o
The last extremists? / Heather Love
An affinity of hammers / Sara Ahmed
The guild of the brave poor things / Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos
Spiderwomen / Eva Hayward
Proximity: on the work of Mark Aguhar / Roy Pérez
Dynamic static / Nicole Archer
Model of futurity / Roundtable participants: Kai Lumumba Barrow, Yve Laris Cohen, and Kalaniopua Young; moderator: Dan Spade
All terror, all beauty / Wu Tsang and Fred Moten in conversation
Canonical undoings: notes on trans art and archives / Stamatina Gregory and Jeanne Vaccaro
Contemporary art and critical transgender infrastructures^^ ^ Jeannine Tang.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Tourmaline, editor.
Stanley, Eric A., editor.
Burton, Johanna, editor.
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