New Materials Monday: Trans Literature

If you’ve read Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt for the Summer Reading Program, then you may be interested in the following five books, selected by the author Susan Stryker. In a November 2018 interview with Five Books, Stryker explains how she made her selections. Jordy Rosenberg’s Confessions of a Fox is a retelling of the story of criminal Jack Sheppard (better known as Mack the Knife) as a transgender man, while I’ve Got a Time Bomb is an illustrated punk rock novel about “very non-normative sorts of trans lives.” Black on Both Sides looks at the intersection of blackness and transness. Histories of the Transgender Child explores “notions of the transgender child” that “[stretch] back to at least the early 20th century” and are “related to notions of emotional and physical plasticity or malleability that are intimately related to questions of race.” Trap Door is an “art-focused” book that documents trans people’s contributions to visual culture.

All five books are available through The Ames Library. (And if you’re not sure about how to find them on the shelf, just ask a librarian!)

Confessions of a Fox by Jordy Rosenberg: PS3618.O8323 C66 2018

I’ve Got a Time Bomb by Sybil Lamb: PS3612.A5449 I94 2014

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton: E-book

Histories of the Transgender Child by Julian Gill-Peterson: HQ77.95.U6 G55 2018

Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, edited by Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton: NX650.G44 T73 2017

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