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TSQ (2019) 6 (4): 635–658.
Published: 01 November 2019
... of social ease, domestic comfort, and existential peace. Building on Lauren Berlant's theorization of cruel optimism and the work of Tobias Raun and Laura Horak on video narratives of hormonal and surgical transition, I position the figuration of futurity in these narratives as generative of a form...
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TSQ (2023) 10 (3-4): 547–549.
Published: 01 November 2023
... introduces their theoretical lens of cruel optimism from scholar Lauren Berlant ( 2011 ), which acts as a throughline that is interwoven throughout each chapter. Chapter 1 establishes a reference point for how cruel optimism operates within a trans context, using an example of trans vloggers whose aims were...
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TSQ (2022) 9 (2): 143–159.
Published: 01 May 2022
... intersex surgeries as the flipside of the same coin of trans*/intersex justice. David A. Rubin Department of Women's and Gender Studies University of South Florida The audacity to imagine trans*/intersex-religiosity as joy can be mistaken for cruel optimism. In Lauren Berlant's terms...
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TSQ (2018) 5 (2): 190–206.
Published: 01 May 2018
... and biomedicalization “do not in themselves begin to describe the situation we find ourselves in” ( 2007 : 1). The promise of surgical interventions might be a kind of “cruel optimism” in Berlant's words ( 2011 ). An exclusive focus on surgery, that is, might impede exactly the kinds of transformation...
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TSQ (2019) 6 (1): 103–116.
Published: 01 February 2019
... October 1 , 2018 ). Berlant Lauren . 2011 . Cruel Optimism . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . Bey Marquis . 2017 . “ The Trans*-ness of Blackness, the Blackness of Trans*-ness .” TSQ 4 , no. 2 : 275 – 95 . Brostoff Marissa . 2017 . “ Notes on Caitlyn...
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TSQ (2017) 4 (1): 141–152.
Published: 01 February 2017
... embodiment. References Berlant Lauren . 2011 . Cruel Optimism . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . Fitzpatrick Cat . 2015 . Review of Trans: A Memoir, by Jacques Juliet . Lambda Literary , November 3 . www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/11/03/trans-by-juliet-jacques...
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TSQ (2019) 6 (4): 472–480.
Published: 01 November 2019
... into being, in collaboration and community, when the name and pronoun(s) are spoken by others. Hil Malatino sees the time of waiting to transition to an imagined properly gendered state as the interregnum, a time akin to Lauren Berlant's cruel optimism, and contrasts that time with the critical utopian...
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TSQ (2019) 6 (1): 64–79.
Published: 01 February 2019
... Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . Berlant Lauren . 2011 . Cruel Optimism . Durham, NC : Duke University Press . Butler Judith . 2009 . Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? New York : Verso...
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TSQ (2018) 5 (3): 404–424.
Published: 01 August 2018
... , 1975), Ishmael Bernals's Manila by Night (1980), and Marilou Diaz Abaya's Alyas Baby Tsina ( Alias China Doll , 1984), moments of biyuti do not only mark moments of aesthetic or creative value. They also lay bare versions of subversive and queer optimism that are sometimes cruel and sometimes...
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TSQ (2017) 4 (2): 243–265.
Published: 01 May 2017
... or gratitude towards others in the world, I would have met my demise years ago. A major problem in the entire world is violence against all women, which also includes transwomen. Throughout time, women have been subjected to the cruel “iron fist” of the male species' ever-inflicting egos. The violence...