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Transgender Studies - Theory
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This section has books discussing gender issues and theory - if you're studying any courses including gender studies, you might find some of the books listed below useful resources. There are also many books specifically concerning Transgender Identity. 

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Judith P Butler - Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of 'Sex' - GLBT Non-Fiction All Books by Judith P Butler - Author of : Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of 'Sex'
Paperback - 288 pages (October 1993) 
Routledge; ISBN: 0415903661

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"In Bodies That Matter, Judith Butler further develops her distinctive theory of gender by examining the workings of power at the most "material" dimensions of sex and sexuality. Deepening the inquiries she began in Gender Trouble, Butler offers an original reformulation of the materiality of bodies, examining how the power of heterosexual hegemony forms the "matter" of bodies, sex, and gender. Butler argues that power operates to constrain "sex" from the start, delimiting what counts as a viable sex. She offers a clarification of the notion of "performativity" introduced in Gender Trouble and explores the meaning of a citational politics. The text includes readings of Plato, Irigaray, Lacan, and Freud on the formation of materiality and bodily boundaries; "Paris is Burning," Nella Larsen's "Passing," and short stories by Willa Cather; along with a reconsideration of "performativity" and politics in feminist, queer, and radical democratic theory."

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Judith P Butler - Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity - GLBT Non-Fiction All Books by Judith P Butler - Author of : Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Paperback - 256 pages 1 edition (September 1999) 
Routledge; ISBN: 0415924995

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"In a new introduction to the 10th-anniversary edition of Gender Trouble--among the two or three most influential books (and by far the most popular) in the field of gender studies--Judith Butler explains the complicated critical response to her groundbreaking arguments and the ways her ideas have evolved as a result. Nevertheless, she has resisted the urge to revise what has become a feminist classic (as well as an elegant defense of drag, given Butler's emphasis on the performative nature of gender). The book was produced, according to Butler, "as part of the cultural life of a collective struggle that has had, and will continue to have, some success in increasing the possibilities for a livable life for those who live, or try to live, on the sexual margins." An attack on the essentialism of French feminist theory and its basis in structuralist anthropology, Gender Trouble expands to address the cultural prejudices at play in genetic studies of sex determination, as well as the uses of gender parody, and also provides a critical genealogy of the naturalization of sex. A primer in gender studies--and sexy reading for college cafés. - Regina Marler (Amazon)"

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David B. Carlisle - Human Sex Change & Sex Reversal: Transvestism & Transsexualism - GLBT Non-Fiction All Books by David B. Carlisle - Author of : Human Sex Change & Sex Reversal: Transvestism & Transsexualism
Hardcover (March 1998) 
Edwin Mellen Press; ISBN: 0773484965

"TransGender Studies/Theory; Provides an analysis of 40 years research and statistics carried out by the author on sexually dysphoric persons, transexuals and transvestites. The work is illustrated by verbatim accounts."

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Teresa De Lauretis - Technologies of Gender : Essays on Theory, Film, and Fiction - GLBT Non-Fiction All Books by Teresa De Lauretis - Author of : Technologies of Gender : Essays on Theory, Film, and Fiction
Paperback - 151 pages (March 1989) 
Indiana University Press; ISBN: 0253204410

"TransGender Studies/Theory; Book on Gender and Feminist Theory"

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Dallas Denny - Current Concepts in Transgender Identity - GLBT Non-Fiction All Books by Dallas Denny - Author of : Current Concepts in Transgender Identity
Hardcover - 452 pages (March 1998) 
Garland Pub; ISBN: 081531793X

"TransGender Studies/Theory; Twenty-four articles (almost all of them published for the first time) discuss research and treatment issues as well as historical, cultural and psychological perspectives."

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Holly Devor - Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality - GLBT Non-Fiction  All Books by Holly Devor - Author of : Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality
Paperback - 178 pages (October 1989) 
Indiana University Press; ISBN: 0253205336

"TransGender Studies/Theory; Book on Social Construction of Gender"

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Alice Domurat Dreger - Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex - GLBT Non-Fiction All Books by Alice Domurat Dreger - Author of : Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex
Paperback - 288 pages (March 4, 2000) 
Harvard Univ Pr; ISBN: 0674001893

"TransGender Studies/Theory; Punctuated with remarkable case studies, this book explores extraordinary encounters between hermaphrodites -- people born with "ambiguous" sexual anatomy -- and the medical and scientific professionals who were confronted by them."

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Anne Fausto-Sterling - Sexing the Body : Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality - GLBT Non-Fiction All Books by Anne Fausto-Sterling - Author of : Sexing the Body : Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
Paperback - 488 pages (November 22, 2000) 
Basic Books; ISBN: 0465077145

"This path-breaking study of gender and sexuality is the first to go beyond the nature/nurture debate to offer an alternate framework for considering questions of sex and sexuality. 
Why do some people prefer heterosexual love while others fancy the same sex? Is sexual identity biologically determined or a product of convention? In this brilliant and provocative book, the acclaimed author of Myths of Gender argues that even the most fundamental knowledge about sex is shaped by the culture in which scientific knowledge is produced. 
Drawing on astonishing real-life cases and a probing analysis of centuries of scientific research, Fausto-Sterling demonstrates how scientists have historically politicized the body. In lively and impassioned prose, she breaks down three key dualisms - sex/gender, nature/nurture, and real/constructed - and asserts that individuals born as mixtures of male and female exist as one of five natural human variants and, as such, should not be forced to compromise their differences to fit a flawed societal definition of normality."

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Anne Fausto-Sterling - Myths of Gender : Biological Theories About Women and Men - GLBT Non-Fiction All Books by Anne Fausto-Sterling - Author of : Myths of Gender : Biological Theories About Women and Men
Paperback - 320 pages 2nd Rev edition (September 1992) 
Basic Books; ISBN: 0465047920

"TransGender Studies/Theory; By carefully examining the biological, genetic, evolutionary, and psychological evidence, a noted biologist finds a shocking lack of substance behind ideas about biologically-based sex differences."

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Leslie Feinberg - Trans Liberation : Beyond Pink or Blue - GLBT Non-Fiction  All Books by Leslie Feinberg - Author of : Trans Liberation : Beyond Pink or Blue
Paperback - 160 pages (October 1999) 
Beacon Pr; ISBN: 0807079510

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"Although readers familiar with Feinberg's earlier books will not find much new material here, this collection of hir (this transgendered author's pronoun of choice) speeches, presented with a few essays by other transgendered writers, serves as a good introduction to Feinberg's ideas about the complexities of gender expression and to hir vision for a future "beyond pink or blue." As someone who faces oppression, incomprehension, and violence every day on the basis of hir appearance and the refusal to adhere to a rigid gender designation (Feinberg was once denied emergency medical treatment for endocarditis by a doctor who dismissed hir angrily as "a very troubled person"), Feinberg is in an excellent position to refute the shallow assumptions of the medical establishment and the mainstream media, as well as the more extreme views of the political and religious right. Most compelling are hir arguments on the importance of a broad-based multi-issue coalition among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, an alliance that could easily extend to other progressive groups. "Everyone who is under the gun of reaction and economic violence," Feinberg contends, "is a potential ally."

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