Tonal Crossings in Transgender Pasts

Don James McLaughlin

Swarthmore College

Don James McLaughlin is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Swarthmore College. Areas of academic interest include pre-1900 literary history in the Americas, LGBTQ history, the medical humanities, and the history of emotions. A recent PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania, Don James is working on a first book manuscript adapted from the dissertation titled, "Viral Affect: The Phobic Imagination in American Literature." Publications have appeared in American Literature, the New Republic, and Legacies: The Magazine of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and are forthcoming in Literature and Medicine and Public Books. 


Don James McLaughlin’s paper “Tonal Crossings in Transgender Pasts” explores nineteenth-century texts that express ambivalence about the modes of transitioning they represent. Pursuing tone not as an invitation to read... [ view full abstract ]


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P42 » Transtonalities: Affect, Tenor, and Style in Transgender History (10:15 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment C)

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