CWGS Speaker Series: What is the Transgender Gaze? Identity Politics and Transgender Ambivalence at the Movies
Mon, November 12, 2012 • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM • 3rd Floor Conference Room, GEB
Richard Nunan, College of Charleston
The focus of this talk is a specific aspect of criticism as it plays out in the development and usage of the concept of a transgender gaze (coined by Jack Halberstam), or its absence, in The Crying Game (1992) and Boys Don't Cry (1999). Dr. Nunan will argue that the term transgender gaze, understood as a contrast to Laura Mulvey's male gaze, has been inadequately developed. (I.e., it's not really coherent.) And it has been misapplied in misreadings of both these films Dr. Nunan contends that such misreadings are prevalent because of the prevalence of a dismissive attitude which some queer theorists have towards such films, which they regard as a form of gender tourism.