Personal and collective trans-mythologies: creative attitudes to gender incongruence among transgender individuals

Anna Kłonkowska , Stephanie Bonvissuto


Embedded within the biographies of some transgender people are narratives elements more frequently found in culturally-specific legends settings and the interplay of mythological figures. Individuals who specifically identify as transsexuals (unlike other, non-binary or gender-queer transgender people) sometimes report the wish, the dream, and/or the desire to understand or alleviate their experienced gender incongruence in a surprisingly creative way: through some type of magical transformation. Calling upon recently collected interviews, this study examines those narratives and their use of such elements, noting their reliance on binary gender formations. Through philosophical and cultural-anthropological analyses, we suggest that these fields grant powerful and imaginative personal allowances, opportunities and perceptions to transsexual identifying trans-gender individuals – magical transformations and justified transpositions to alleviate dysphoria, a surrender of personal responsibility to unseen universal forces, and especially an inherent wisdom gifted during transitional liminality – that neither scientific nor academic evaluations of gender transition can. While these creative allowances are fictive, fantastical, and temporary, they neverthe- less articulate a need if not an imperative for understanding, expression and ultimately action on behalf of the transitioning individual.
Author Anna Kłonkowska (FSS / IPSJ / DSEL)
Anna Kłonkowska,,
- Division of the Sociology of Everyday Life
, Stephanie Bonvissuto
Stephanie Bonvissuto,,
Journal seriesCreativity Studies, ISSN 2345-0479, e-ISSN 2345-0487, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.65
Keywords in English creative attitude, gender incongruence, magical transformation, rite of passage, trans-gender individuals, transsexual individuals, “wrong-body” discourse
ASJC Classification3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3316 Cultural Studies; 3320 Political Science and International Relations
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)100
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ScoreMinisterial score = 100.0, 13-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.702
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