Seeing Ghosts: Transgender Representations and Anti-Immigrant Violence in Ambrose Bierce's "The Haunted Valley

Clare Sears

San Francisco State University

Clare Sears, Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research and teaching interests include critical criminology, queer theory, transgender studies, historical methods, and disability studies. Sears is author of the book, Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (Duke University Press, 2015) and co-editor of a special issue of the journal Social Justice on sexuality and criminalization. She has published articles on the history of cross-dressing law in Women’s Studies Quarterly and GLQ and recently completed a chapter on nineteenth century queer history for publication in Routledge History of Queer America. 


Dr Clare Sears explores the interplay of sex, gender, race and haunting in Ambrose Bierce’s 1871 short story, “The Haunted Valley.” Breaking from the romantic sentimentalism of the era’s gold rush literature, “The... [ view full abstract ]


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