Assistant Professor, Department of English, University Institute of Technology, Kallara, Trivandrum. Kerala.
‘Transgender’ is often used as an aggregate term to insinuate those who thwart austere binary gender structures. It is through the line of socialization and learning that we procure our gender identity as we are not born as men or women. Based on Simon de Beauvoir’s proclamation “one is not born but rather becomes a woman” (The Second Sex, 283), Judith Butler affirms that gender is fluid. By deconstructing the binary male or female, she demonstrated that the restriction inside this pair is viewed as ‘inalienably flimsy’. The perspectives of the queer community are frequently unheard of in an atmosphere where heterosexual hegemony is active. The hostile surrounding in which they live and the traumatic conditions they undergo fill them with constant fear and anxiety in confronting their real selves and asserting their identities life. People who are marginalised because of their sexuality have always had to seek mainstream acceptance to get the rights and freedoms they need for a dignified life. The purpose of this study is to explore the resistance strategies that trans-genders utilize when met with adversity and the ways that transgenders see their trans-identity as providing them with a form of strength and resilience. Leslie Feinberg, through the book Stone Butch Blues carves out the entire existence of Jess Goldberg who undergoes physical and mental transformation.
queer, heterosexual, hegemony, mainstream acceptance
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To cite this article
Sarth. (2022). Existential Angst, and Quest for Identity in Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues. Sparkling International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Studies, 5(1), 18-23.