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Corpses, Fools and Monsters

- The History and Future of Transness in Cinema
 Author: Caden Mark Gardner , Willow Catelyn Maclay  Category: Film Criticism, Trans Studies  Publisher: Repeater  Published: July 9, 2024  ISBN: 9781914420580  Pages: 340  Language: English  Tags: Trans Man / Masc AuthorTrans Woman / Femme Author |  Alibris  Amazon  Bookshop org  Kobo  Publisher  Find in a Library

A radical history of transness in cinema, and an exploration of the political possibilities of its future. In the history of cinema, trans people are usually murdered, made into a joke, or viewed as threats to the normal order — relegated to a lost highway of corpses, fools, and monsters.

In this book, trans film critics Caden Mark Gardner and Willow Catelyn Maclay take the reader on a drive down this lost highway, exploring the way that trans people and transness have evolved on-screen.

Starting from the very earliest representations of transness in silent film, through to the multiplex-conquering Matrix franchise and on to the emergence of a true trans-authored cinema, Corpses, Fools and Monsters spans everything from musicals to body horror to avant garde experimental film to tell the story of the trans film image. In doing so, the authors investigate the wider history of trans representation — an exhilarating journey of compromise, recuperation, and potential liberation that they argue is only just the beginning.

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Caden Mark Gardner

Caden Mark Gardner is a freelance trans film critic and researcher on trans film images. He has written for the Criterion Collection, MUBI, Film Comment, Reverse Shot, and other film outlets in the United States.

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Willow Catelyn Maclay

Willow Catelyn Maclay is a freelance film essayist and critic. She has written for the Village Voice, MUBI, Vulture and Roger She contributed to the film anthologies Laura’s Ghost: Women Speak About Twin Peaks and She Found it at...

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