Brown Trans Figurations
Rethinking Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies
192 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.70 in, 11 b&w photos, 1 b&w illus.
Sales Date: January 28, 2021
Honorable Mention for the National Women’s Studies Association's 2021 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize
2021 Finalist Best LGBTQ+ Themed Book, International Latino Book Awards
2022 John Leo & Dana Heller Award for Best Single Work, Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in LGBTQ Studies, Popular Culture Association
Within queer, transgender, and Latinx and Chicanx cultural politics, brown transgender narratives are frequently silenced and erased. Brown trans subjects are treated as deceptive, unnatural, nonexistent, or impossible, their bodies, lives, and material circumstances represented through tropes and used as metaphors. Restoring personhood and agency to these subjects, Francisco J. Galarte advances “brown trans figuration” as a theoretical framework to describe how transness and brownness coexist within the larger queer, trans, and Latinx historical experiences.
Brown Trans Figurations presents a collection of representations that reveal the repression of brown trans narratives and make that repression visible and palpable. Galarte examines the violent deaths of two transgender Latinas and the corresponding narratives that emerged about their lives, analyzes the invisibility of brown transmasculinity in Chicana feminist works, and explores how issues such as transgender politics can be imagined as part of Chicanx and Latinx political movements. This book considers the contexts in which brown trans narratives appear, how they circulate, and how they are reproduced in politics, sexual cultures, and racialized economies.
Poised to break new ground and brilliantly reframe debates around gender and sexuality in Chicanx and Latinx contexts, Brown Trans Figurations ultimately shines through as a deeply original, provocative, and innovative work. I am certain that Francisco Galarte’s book will be read and cited for many years to come.~Richard T. Rodriguez, author of Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics
Brown Trans Figurations is unique. It is both unprecedented in specialization and ambitious in scope. Through an investment in intersectional analyses, Francisco Galarte confronts trans erasure, particularly within Chicanx Queer theorizing.~Rachel González, author of Quinceañera Style: Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Communities
[Brown Trans Figurations'] most accessible sections provide thorough and rewarding analyses of popular culture...scholars in the fields of Latinx and gender studies will appreciate this detailed look at an underexplored subject.~Publishers Weekly
A needed contribution to trans Latinx studies. [Brown Trans Figurations] offers a series of compelling close readings of literature, photography, film, and other accounts of Chicanx trans people and representation in the United States.~Los Angeles Review of Books
Brown Trans Figurations is an extremely well-written and groundbreaking book, accessible yet simultaneously quite complex, in Latina/o/x studies. It will be required reading in queer, trans, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and in American studies and ethnic studies classrooms...Brown Trans Figurations is crucial reading for persons interested in the differences between queer and trans Latinx experience, the tensions between Chicana feminism and transgender and transsexual lives, and the racism that infects dominant representations of trans and queer Chicanxs and Latinxs...Galarte’s theorization of brown trans fgurations transforms Latina/o studies in profound ways.~Latino Studies
Introduction: Thinking Brown and Trans Together
Chapter 1. Dolorous Proximities of Race and Transsexuality: Reading the Gwen Araujo Archive
Chapter 2. Examining Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Valuation: The Death of Angie Zapata and the Incarceration of the Hateful Other
Chapter 3. Fleshing Out the Chicana/x Butch and Chicano/x FTM Borderlands
Chapter 4. The Wound Makes the Man: Trans Figuring Chicano Masculinities
Coda: Reading with the X