Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility is not your typical edited volume. Rather than conduct business as usual by gathering established academics into a single publication to address this or that gap in the field, Tourmaline, Eric Stanley, and Johanna Burton have commandeered the resources of elite cultural institutions like the MIT Press and the New Museum to achieve something else. These editors, as if in an effort to live up to the lived realities of trans intellection and imagination, have made their book into a gathering place within which trans academics, artists, and activists—as well as cis authors who write out of an “affinity” with such persons, as Sara Ahmed puts it in her contribution to the volume—might really reckon with the culture war that both takes and makes trans life in the present. In this way,...

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