By Gayle Salamon

We think we all know bodies in detail& mdash;that their fabric fact is sure and that this simple task results in an epistemological fact approximately intercourse, gender, and id. by way of exploring and giving equivalent weight to transgendered subjectivities, besides the fact that, Gayle Salamon upends those certainties. contemplating questions of transgendered embodiment through phenomenology (Maurice Merleau-Ponty), psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud and Paul Ferdinand Schilder), and queer conception, Salamon advances another conception of normative and non-normative gender, proving the price and energy of trans event for wondering embodiment.

Salamon means that the variation among transgendered and normatively gendered our bodies isn't really, after all, fabric. quite, she argues that the construction of gender itself depends upon a disjunction among the "felt feel" of the physique and an figuring out of the body's corporeal contours, and that this technique needn't be seen as pathological in nature. interpreting the connection among fabric and phantasmatic money owed of physically being, Salamon emphasizes the efficient tensions that make the physique either current and absent in our awareness and paintings to substantiate and unsettle gendered certainties. She questions conventional theories that designate how the physique involves be& mdash;and involves be made one's personal& mdash;and she deals a brand new framework for pondering what "counts" as a physique. the result's a groundbreaking research into the phenomenological lifetime of gender.

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