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'Queering Bathrooms is a compelling work that delves into power, bodily waste, and the unconscious practices that form our conceptions of gender. Sheila L. Cavanagh's top-notch scholarship addresses issues pertinent to gender studies, trans studies, queer theory, and critical studies in sexuality.' -- Christopher Shelley, Women's and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia 'Who'd ever have thought that plumbing the toilet could be such a thoroughly enriching experience? Cavanagh's cartographic account of the social, the psychic, the spatial, and the relations between them is an exquisitely disorienting journey into the somatechnologies of identity and difference.' -- Nikki Sullivan, Department of Cultural Studies, Macquarie University 'Sheila L. Cavanagh's Queering Bathrooms offers a smart synthesis of architectural analysis, psychoanalytic theory, and queer/transgender studies to argue that public toilets are places of profound biopolitical importance ... A fine example of useful, intelligent, interdisciplinary scholarship, this book should be of equal interest to urban geographers and architects, trans/disabled/queer activists who seek more equitable public accommodations for people with atypical embodiments, and critical theorists of the body and subjectivity.' -- Susan Stryker, Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction * Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality, and Excretion * Trans Subjects and Gender Misreadings in the Toilet * Seeing Gender: Panopticism and the Mirrorical Return * Hearing Gender: Acoustic Mirrors - Vocal and Urinary Dis/Symmetries * Touching Gender: Abjection and the Hygienic Imagination * Sexing Gender: The Homoerotics of the Water Closet Conclusion Glossary, by Sheila L. Cavanagh and Melissa White Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Sheila L. Cavanagh is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at York University.


Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Category awarded by 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards -- 04 US

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