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Shimmering Images : Trans Cinema, Embodiment, and the Aesthetics of Change, Paperback / softback Book

Shimmering Images : Trans Cinema, Embodiment, and the Aesthetics of Change Paperback / softback


In Shimmering Images Eliza Steinbock traces how cinema offers alternative ways to understand gender transitions through a specific aesthetics of change.

Drawing on Barthes's idea of the "shimmer" and Foucault's notion of sex as a mirage, the author shows how sex and gender can appear mirage-like on film, an effect they label shimmering.

Steinbock applies the concept of shimmering-which delineates change in its emergent form as well as the qualities of transforming bodies, images, and affects-to analyses of films that span time and genre.

These include examinations of the fantastic and phantasmagorical shimmerings of sex change in Georges Melies's nineteenth-century trick films and Lili Elbe's 1931 autobiographical writings and photomontage in Man into Woman.

Steinbock also explores more recent documentaries, science fiction, and pornographic and experimental films.

Presenting a cinematic philosophy of transgender embodiment that demonstrates how shimmering images mediate transitioning, Steinbock not only offers a corrective to the gender binary orientation of feminist film theory; they open up new means to understand trans ontologies and epistemologies as emergent, affective, and processual.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 248 pages, 35 illustrations
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
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  • Category: Film theory & criticism
  • ISBN: 9781478003885



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