Pratiques d'Ecriture Transgenre : Writing the Transgender Body in Four Nineteenth Century Novels
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- Instead of considering cross-dressing to be a form of masquerade, I propose that the cross-dressing protagonists of four nineteenth century French novels partake in transgender practices and incorporate masculinity into their own conceptions of self. Further, I argue that the authors themselves construct their gender-bending characters through transgender writing practices, or pratiques dcriture transgenre. I examine how the protagonists of Clmentine, orpheline et androgyne by P. Cuisin, Gabriel by George Sand, Aline-Ali by Andr Lo, and Monsieur Vnus by Rachilde contribute to a reconceptualization of the biological body. Using queer theories, I build upon the notion that the physical body is not inherently sexed and that sex is just as much a social construct as gender. My nineteenth century corpus provides important tools for re-theorizing the body and creates new spaces for gender non-conforming characters to occupy. Transgender writing practices can and should transfer from the written page to lived experiences in order to reshape how societies, then and now, categorize, prioritize, and normalize individuals and their bodies. My corpus offers ways to create a more inclusive and just community so that queer and transgender individuals identities and bodies are no longer violated by forced gender conformity and/or harassment. When supposedly sexed bodies are accepted as socially assigned constructs, people can present themselves through self-actualized and self-determined identities. The fictional creation of my corpuss literary characters provides for the re-imaginings of physical, nonfictional bodies. In other words, the creativity associated with literature allows us to re-conceptualize how we structure real life, real bodies, and real men and women. It is in part through the imaginary worldfictionthat such realization is enabled.
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- Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University 2016.
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