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ISBN-10: 1541603087
ISBN-13: 9781541603080
Publisher: Seal Press (CA)
Publish Date: 09/13/2022
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.30" W, 1.40" H

Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender

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Overview

A groundbreaking global history of gender nonconformity 

Today’s narratives about trans people tend to feature individuals with stable gender identities that fit neatly into the categories of male or female. Those stories, while important, fail to account for the complex realities of many trans people’s lives.

Before We Were Trans illuminates the stories of people across the globe, from antiquity to the present, whose experiences of gender have defied binary categories. Blending historical analysis with sharp cultural criticism, trans historian and activist Kit Heyam offers a new, radically inclusive trans history, chronicling expressions of trans experience that are often overlooked, like gender-nonconforming fashion and wartime stage performance. Before We Were Trans transports us from Renaissance Venice to seventeenth-century Angola, from Edo Japan to early America, and looks to the past to uncover new horizons for possible trans futures. 

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Before We Were Trans provides much needed context, nuance, and breadth to our understanding of human gender diversity throughout history and in different cultures. While people who we might now call transgender or LGBTQIA+ have always existed, Kit Heyam shows how both individuals' and societies' understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality are situational, multifaceted, and constantly evolving.–Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl and Sexed Up
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Details

ISBN-10: 1541603087
ISBN-13: 9781541603080
Publisher: Seal Press (CA)
Publish Date: 09/13/2022
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.30" W, 1.40" H
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