Trans Identities in the French Media: Representation, Visibility, Recognition explores the representation of trans identities, with essays in fields as wide-ranging as translation studies, women’s and gender studies, film studies, and comics studies. This book analyzes the multi-layered meaning of “representation” to reflect on the questions of trans visibility and recognition in a French context. The texts selected provide readers with in-depth and innovative analyses that discuss the representation of trans identities in the French media, its main challenges, and the pitfalls and innovations that shape these representations today.
Romain Chareyron is assistant professor of French at the University of Saskatchewan.
Introduction. Trans Identities in the French Media
Chapter 1. Trans Kids in France: Unpacking the Media Frenzy
Chapter 2. Mobiles Desires: Paul B. Preciado’s Un Appartement sur Uranus and the Marginal Western Subject
Leah E. Wilson
Chapter 3. Multiple Bodies: The Digital and the Physical in Arthur Cahn’s Les Vacances du petit Renard (2018)
Brian J. Troth
Chapter 4. Dubbing Transparent (2014-2019): A “Ballsy” Translation?
Chapter 5. Trans(ing) the Rural: Metronormativity and Melancholia in Sébastien Lifshitz’ Wild Side (2004)
R. Cole Cridlin
Chapter 6. Transfeminine Embodiment in the Films of Sébastien Lifshitz and Lukas Dhont
Chapter 7. Circus Freaks and Pretty Monsters: Fighting and Reclaiming a Transphobic Stigma
Chapter 8. Peau d’homme: A Different Kind of Happy Ending
This book provides groundbreaking analyses of the complex representations of trans and gender non-conforming identities in the French media. While providing a multifaceted look into the persistent challenges experienced by trans people within the centralizing space of the French Republic, the various contributors also show how increasingly diverse media representations of trans lives have spurred new public debates about a wide range of socio-cultural and political issues such as gender, sexuality, youth, family, nationality, migration, citizenship, and class in contemporary France.