Project Title

The Transsexual Phallus

Author Names

Sappho StanleyFollow

Authors' Affiliations

Sappho Stanley, Department of Literature and Language, College of Arts and Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Location

Culp Room 219

Start Date

4-6-2022 1:45 PM

End Date

4-6-2022 2:00 PM

Faculty Sponsor’s Department

Literature and Language

Name of Project's Faculty Sponsor

David Jones

Additional Sponsors

McNair Scholars Program

Classification of First Author

Undergraduate Student

Competition Type

Non-Competitive

Type

Boland Symposium

Project's Category

Language or Literature

Abstract or Artist's Statement

Of poetry, Lacan remarked in the preface to Seminar XI, “I am not a poet, but a poem. A poem that is being written, even if it looks like a subject.” In understanding the subject as a poem, one begins to appreciate the literary mode of poetry. Traditions set by Judith Butler have inundated the use of a Lacanian analysis in the theoretical lives of transgender subjects. In the use of theoretical arguments that Butler uses the transsexual subject for, such as her essay “Doing Justice to Someone: Sex Reassignment and Allegories of Transsexuality,” there has been an injustice to transgender poets, in renown and the answers transsexuals have to the problems of materialism within Butler and Lacan. In other words, the real lives of transsexuals’ bodies are proof of the relevance of sex and gender. Jos Charles’ poem “Origin as Wetdream” loudly answers Butler’s apathetic attitude to the relevance of sex in the transsexual’s life. Furthering, this essay aims to examine the attitudes of sex and gender held within gender studies. This essay frames itself within the concept of “egg theory,” an argument held by Grave Lavery in her essay “Egg Theory’s Early Style.” In understanding Charles’ poem, one understands the transsexual subject. Through this understanding, the material of transition can be appreciated.

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Apr 6th, 1:45 PM Apr 6th, 2:00 PM

The Transsexual Phallus

Culp Room 219

Of poetry, Lacan remarked in the preface to Seminar XI, “I am not a poet, but a poem. A poem that is being written, even if it looks like a subject.” In understanding the subject as a poem, one begins to appreciate the literary mode of poetry. Traditions set by Judith Butler have inundated the use of a Lacanian analysis in the theoretical lives of transgender subjects. In the use of theoretical arguments that Butler uses the transsexual subject for, such as her essay “Doing Justice to Someone: Sex Reassignment and Allegories of Transsexuality,” there has been an injustice to transgender poets, in renown and the answers transsexuals have to the problems of materialism within Butler and Lacan. In other words, the real lives of transsexuals’ bodies are proof of the relevance of sex and gender. Jos Charles’ poem “Origin as Wetdream” loudly answers Butler’s apathetic attitude to the relevance of sex in the transsexual’s life. Furthering, this essay aims to examine the attitudes of sex and gender held within gender studies. This essay frames itself within the concept of “egg theory,” an argument held by Grave Lavery in her essay “Egg Theory’s Early Style.” In understanding Charles’ poem, one understands the transsexual subject. Through this understanding, the material of transition can be appreciated.