This is the first book-length study of transgender and queer identities in Hispanic Caribbean novels, graphic novels, theatre, and performance art. The author follows the movement of identity from textual spaces to spaces of the body, revealing the variety of representational strategies that dismantle binary readings of gender, sexuality, and nationality. Fluid Bodies demonstrates how transgender and queer subjects reshape and redefine gendered and national belonging through global movement and community making practices.
Fluid Bodies traces the intersections of global movement with transgender and queer identities from authors and artists of the Hispanic Caribbean. Utilizing the theme of fluidity and travel, Fluid Bodies analyzes novels, graphic novels, theatre, and performance art. These works demonstrate how transgender and queer bodies redefine belonging, particularly national belonging, through global movement and community making practices. Through these genres, the text follows the movement of transgender and queer identities from textual spaces to spaces of the body. The gradual movement from text to body—as it occurs in these genres—demonstrates the variety of representational strategies that dismantle binary readings of gender, sexuality, and nationality.
Transgender visibility is a pressing social issue, and today’s transgender moment will be a social and political necessity for years to come. Of particular importance are representations of transgender and/or queer people of color. The field of transgender representation is growing, and Fluid Bodies adds to the visibility of transgender and queer identity from the Hispanic Caribbean. By investigating the relationship between novels, graphic novels, theatre, and performance art, Fluid Bodies emphasizes how each work plays on and against the separation of language and the body, and how Hispanic Caribbean authors and artists represent transgender and queer identity in order to redefine cultural and national belonging in various geographic spaces.
A Note on Translation
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Strategies of Representing Transnational, Transgender, and Queer Experience
Chapter 1: Caribbean Translocations: Narrating Transgender Identity on the Move
Chapter 2: Drawing Out Identities: Transgender Representation in the Graphic Novel
Chapter 3: Conscripts of the Body: Representing Transgender and Queer Identity in Theatre
Chapter 4: Dialects of the Body: Performing the Queer “Yo”
About the Author