Required and Suggested texts

Required texts (every student must have access to each of these required books – they are available for purchase at Antigone Books on 4th Ave)

  • He Mele A Hilo by Ryka Aoki
  • Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness, and Becoming a Man by Thomas Page McBee
  • The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard edited by Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod
  • Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics edited by TC Tolbert and Trace Peterson

Suggested texts:

Here are a few books to get you started as you familiarize yourself with trans and genderqueer identities and experiences. Students in this class are not expected to purchase or be familiar with all of these texts, but they are a good place to start. There are many others to choose from – these are just some of my favorites. (Note: these are mostly theoretical and/or historical texts. View the “Trans and Genderqueer Literature” page for poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, art, and film suggestions.)

Transgender History. Susan Stryker. Seal Press, 2008.

The Transgender Studies Reader 2. Edited by Susan Stryker and Aren Z. Aizura. Routledge, 2013.

GENDERqUEER: voices from beyond the sexual binary. Edited by Joan Nestle, Clare Howell, and Riki Wilchins. Alyson Books, 2002.

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. Edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman. Seal Press, 2010.

Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. Edited by Mattilda a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore. Seal Press, 2006.

Trans-: Edited by Paisley Currah, Lisa-Jean Moore, and Susan Stryker. WSQ Fall/Winter 2008.

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith.


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