Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
Dr. Margaret Sullivan, Committee Chairperson
Dr. Kristen Lillvis
Dr. Sarah Chavez
Dr. Daniel Lewis
Queer studies today has seen a rise in analysis of the trans subject. While previous research has focused on the queer body and on the term queer, my interest in trans studies is in the form and function of language. That focus on the structures of language is what underlies this thesis. My claim is that queering language is visible in the authors I cover in the form of what I call trans-poetics. I focus on keri edwards’ succubus in my pocket and Moss Angel’s Sea-Witch Volume 1. In edwards, I locate a displaced “I” and thus a displaced subjectivity that actually escapes the process of identity construction. For Angel, I consider her work as the disruption of the disturbance of meaning as we understand it in relationship to the binary system of categorization. Drawing on Maurice Blanchot’s thought of the Outside, I make the point that trans-poetics is not just poststructuralist in its moves and configurations, it is queer; it functions as a sign of that which is neither one nor the other. In sum, through trans-poetics I offer a new perspective on linguistic strategies, a meddling in normative identities, and thus an enhanced perspective on the trans experience.
Edwards, Kari. Succubus in my pocket -- Criticism and interpretation.
Woods, Sara, 1984- Sea-witch -- Criticism and interpretation.
Homosexuality in literature.
Ingram, Brooke, "Maneuvering Past Meaning: Queering Language through Trans-Poetics" (2019). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1218.