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Black on Both SidesA Racial History of Trans Identity$
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C. Riley Snorton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517901721

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517901721.001.0001

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Trans Capable

Trans Capable

Fungibility, Fugitivity, and the Matter of Being

Chapter:
(p.55) 2 Trans Capable
Source:
Black on Both Sides
Author(s):

C. Riley Snorton

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9781517901721.003.0003

Chapter 2 discusses flesh’s collateral genealogy, suggesting that the recurrence of “cross dressing” and cross gender modes of escape in fugitive slave narratives engenders a way of seeing fungible flesh as a mode for fugitive action. This chapter looks at how fungibility and fugitivity occur within the narrative plots of Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl (1861) and Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (1860).

Keywords:   Transgender film slave black race fugitive cross-gender escape

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