Questions of time and chronology have risen to the forefront of scholarship in queer and trans studies in recent years.1 Carolyn Dinshaw has advocated for anachronistic “touches” across time, Roderick Ferguson has envisioned queer “palimpsests with residues of earlier discourses and histories,” and C. Riley Snorton has highlighted intersections of blackness and trans as a condition of temporal possibility—as “movement with no clear origin and no point of arrival” (Dinshaw 1999; Dinshaw et al. 2007: 180; Snorton 2017: 2). Beyond this, a wave of new conferences and publications has explored “trans temporalities,” further demonstrating how methods of accounting for and thinking through time have become increasingly relevant to scholarship on trans subjects (e.g., Lau 2016; Fisher, Phillips, and Katri 2017).2 In an influential essay, Kadji Amin has welcomed this “critical focus on the temporal underpinnings...
Trans, Time, and History
Leah DeVun is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University. She is the author of Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time (2009), winner of the 2013 John Nicholas Brown Prize, as well as articles in GLQ, WSQ, Osiris, ASAP/Journal, postmedieval, and Radical History Review, among others.
Zeb Tortorici is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University. He is the author of Sins against Nature: Sex and Archives in Colonial New Spain (2018), editor of Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America (2016), and coeditor of Centering Animals in Latin American History (2013).
Leah DeVun, Zeb Tortorici; Trans, Time, and History. TSQ 1 November 2018; 5 (4): 518–539. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/23289252-7090003
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