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The trans woman's body appears in “The Surgeon Haunts My Dreams” via two regimes of knowledge. One is that of the surgeon. Far from being a benevolent Man of Science, he has his own desires. Perversity, if that is what it is, belongs not only on the side of the body under the knife. The other form of knowledge is that of the kind of sadomasochistic practices encountered already in the previous chapter, “Trick Drive.” The text here explores the phenomenology of the trans body's ambiguities and its “many-handed hunger.” What can a body come to viscerally know by taking the knife into its own hand(s)?

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