Department of English
University of Science and Technology
Mrs. Pallabi Baruah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya. Based in Guwahati, Assam, she is also a PhD Research Scholar under Gauhati University, Guwahati, in the Department of English, her area of research being Gender Studies and Queer Theory. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Chennai, under Madras University, Chennai. Her areas of interest include Literary Theory, Gender Studies, Queer Literature, Classical Literature and British Drama among others.
Trans Autobiographies and the Politics of the Body attempts to analyse how trans narratives tend to be body narratives, wherein the somatic transitions which hold great significance in trans lives also becomes the central focus in their autobiographies and also how it involves a will to compose a self, literally, a self which they intend to express in the autobiography, out of the many selves and eventually how it becomes political, the will to be heard and accepted, rather than merely being treated as site markers of non-binary gender systems. The paper will also attempt to study how the transgendered identity has been significant to queer theory since the figure of the transgender made possible the merging between the gay and the lesbian, giving rise to a different type of homosexuality and thereby broadening its horizon. Along with considering the fluid tenets of queer theory, it will also analyse how trans identities challenge the notion of gender as a biological or social construct and instead explores that which is undefined, anti-normative and multiple.
Queer theory being a reaction against the idea of a structured idea of gender, while investigating the relations between heterosexuality and homosexuality, examines the exclusions otherwise implicit in a heterosexual/homosexual opposition. In this process, transgender identities become a feasible cultural possibility (Ki Namaste 221). The very idea of transgender is a process of cross-fertilization across the structured divide and the indeterminate nature of that process.
KEYWORDS: QUEER THEORY, GAY AND LESBIAN STUDIES, LGBT ISSUES, TRANSGENDER, TRANS AUTOBIOGRAPHIES, GENDER STUDIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHY