Creative Counterpoints 2019 | Trans*: Representing the Transgender Body on Screen
MassArt Tower Auditorium
This year’s program features a public talk and conversation with Dr. Jack Halberstam, Professor of English and Gender Studies at Columbia University, and author of Trans*A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (2018)
In this talk, I want to think with you about the new politics of trans* as opposed to the new inclusion of transgender bodies. The category of trans* takes the prefix for transitivity and couples it with the asterisk that indicates a wildcard in internet searches; it is a diacritical mark that poses a question to its prefix and stands in for what exceeds the politics of naming.
The talk is in three parts and is drawn from my book Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Guide to Gender Variance. In the first part of the talk, I address where we have been in terms of the history of cinematic representations of gender variant bodies; in the second I address histories of representation drawn from photography archives; and finally, I turn to contemporary popular film and TV to see how we might think differently about gender, trans* politics, and popular and unpopular culture.