I’m thrilled to tell you all that my essay on George Eliot and Sigmund Freud went up in Critical Inquiry today. It’s entitled “Trans Realism, Psychoanalytic Practice, and the Rhetoric of Technique,” and it’s hands down the piece I’m proudest of having written. I started writing it in 2014, so seeing it in press is a big and exciting moment for me. If you’d like to read it, you can do so here:
If you’d like to read it but don’t have institutional access, feel free to email me at my work address and I’ll send you a pdf.
I’ve occasionally thought of three of my essays on psychoanalysis and trans feminism as comprising a trilogy, each extending the analysis of the one that precedes it. “Trans Realism” is the first of the trilogy: it lays out my understanding of the place of transness in the work of Freud and Eliot. “The King’s Two Anuses” (which is already out in Differences) is the second, extending that argument and directing it against both Lacanian theory and against the liberal rhetoric of free speech. And “Egg Theory’s Early Style” (which is still forthcoming in TSQ) is the third, extending the critique of Lacan into a critique of queer theorizations of trans life, and arguing that queer theory understands queerness as necessarily pre-transition.
I’m excited to hear what people think of the Eliot/Freud piece - please do let me know if you have any thoughts.