Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity


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Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials–early sexological texts, fugitive slave narratives, Afro-modernist literature, sensationalist journalism, Hollywood films–in Black on Both Sides Dr. Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable. Winner of the John Boswell Prize from the American Historical Association, the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association, the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction, the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, and an honorable mention from the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award Committee, Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) is milestone work and we are honored to be featuring Snorton in our annual Charlotte Cushman Society lecture.

C. Riley Snorton is a cultural theorist who focuses on racial, sexual and transgender histories and cultural productions. In addition to Black on Both Sides, he is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Snorton received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication with graduate certificates in Africana studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

This event was sponsored by the Charlotte Cushman Society.


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