Enlivening Power of Darkness:
The Writings of Susan Stryker
Historian Susan Stryker is probably best known to many readers as the
editor of Gay by the Bay and the Transgender issue of
GLQ. But she is also the creator of some remarkable performance
pieces that deal with transgender theory, sexuality, gendered bodies,
and much more. It is a privilege to present two of these works to a wider
audience. In the audacity of their ideas and the visceral power of their
imagery, these works confirm Ms. Stryker as one of our most gifted
The Surgeon Haunts My Dreams
- This provocative
series of fantasies surrounding sex reassignment surgery examines the
eroticism at the core of transsexual desire. "The Surgeon Haunts My
Dreams" was originally published under the title
"Pre-Operative" in TNT, Spring 1996.
Words to Victor Frankenstein Above the Village of Chamounix: Performing
- Ms. Stryker explores the evolution of her
own feelings about transsexual embodiment and ultimately reclaims the
word "monster" (!) for herself and for any transgender
persons courageous enough to follow her path. A challenging but rewarding
work, "My Words..." first appeared in Volume 1, #3 of GLQ.
© 2011 by Anne A. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. All rights reserved.