The time has come for transgender studies to think more critically about spatiality. In Mobile Subjects: Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment, Aren Z. Aizura argues that the dominant cultural narratives of gender transition in mainstream popular discourse and scholarly theories tend to conform to chrononormativity and linear time. There's often an uncritical trafficking in temporal tropes such as “pre and post” and “before and after.” However, as Aizura shows in this brilliant book, a focus on “temporality risks losing site of the spatial and geographical” (2). This conceptual turn toward spatial considerations of transgender experience sets up one of the book's main arguments: that “tropes of transnational geographic travel are central to the cultural and political intelligibility of gender reassignment” (3).

Through a close analysis of cultural materials, including historical documents, literary texts, films, photographs, online media, and workplace policies and...

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