This article considers the important interdisciplinary contributions of Karen Barad’s “Transmaterialities: Trans*/Matter/Realities and Queer Political Imaginings” (2015). Barad adopted Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a metaphor to examine concepts of agency, empowerment, and self-birth, in ways that challenged long-established notions of queer identities and scholarship. The present article adopts the trope of lightning strikes to consider the ways that Barad’s Frankensteinesque approach has reshaped and extended scholars’ approaches to queer theories and methodologies across a range of disciplines.
The Influence of Barad’s “Transmaterialities” on Queer Theories and Methodologies
Stephanie Anne Shelton is assistant professor of qualitative research in the College of Education at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include queer and feminist approaches to qualitative inquiry and examining intersections of genders and sexualities with other identity elements, especially in secondary education. Recent publications have appeared in Sex Education, Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, Journal of Language and Literacy Education, Qualitative Inquiry, and Teaching and Teacher Education.