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Humanities Edge Undergraduate Research Symposium | Fall 2021

Deconstructing The Gender Binary: An Exploration Of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Literature by Noah Garcia

Abstract

This project explores gender diversity in transgender and gender non-conforming literature, and how those perspectives help us reconceive the gender binary. It was coordinated by analyzing an array of different literary works written by different authors such as, quotes from Beyond the Gender Binary, by Alok Vaid-Menon, passages from The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, by S. Bear Bergman, and poetry from Holy Wild, by Gwen Beneaway. Transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals face many difficulties in our society, as it is often that their existence becomes a matter of debate to many. These sort of conversations not only impact these individuals, but often times leave transgender and gender non-conforming individuals outside of the dialogue completely. I analyzed works written by transgender and gender nonconforming individuals to be able to comprehend from their viewpoint directly. Each of the works examines different gender identities and how their experiences redefined their gender. By using my analysis, I paired quotes from each of the works alongside original visual interpretations produced to help conceptualize the ideas put forth by the authors. While each identity is unique and differs, there are similar themes of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and being true to oneself.

Research Paper

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Paintings
blue woman in yellow dress surrounded by eyes
figure with wings and large eye for head
four connecting characters around frame of painting
Presentation

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