Emma Heaney

Emma Heaney is a scholar of comparative literature, feminist studies, and trans studies. Her first book is The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory (Northwestern University Press, 2017). Her edited collection, Feminism Against Cisness, is forthcoming from Duke University Press.  

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Stare, Flaunt: Seeing Trans Femininity in Literary Modernism

In a scene midway through Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home, the little tomboy Bechdel sits with her father in a small-town Pennsylvania luncheonette when, together, they look (or rather he swivels to glower and she stares moon-eyed) at a bulldyke standing at the counter.