The Routledge Handbook of Trans Literature examines the intersection of transgender studies and literary studies, bringing together essays from global experts in the field. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of trans literature, highlighting the core topics, genres, and periods important for scholarship now and in the future.

Covering the main approaches and key literary genres of the area, this volume includes:

  • Examination of the core topics guiding contemporary trans literary theory and criticism, including the Anthropocene, archival speculation, activism, BDSM, Black studies, critical plant studies, culture, diaspora, disability, ethnocentrism, home, inclusion, monstrosity, nondualist philosophies, nonlinearity, paradox, pedagogy, performativity, poetics, religion, suspense, temporality, visibility, and water.

  • Exploration of diverse literary genres, forms, and periods through a trans lens, such as archival fiction, artificial intelligence narratives, autobiography, climate fiction, comics, creative writing, diaspora fiction, drama, fan fiction, gothic fiction, historical fiction, manga, medieval literature, minor literature, modernist literature, mystery and detective fiction, nature writing, poetry, postcolonial literature, radical literature, realist fiction, Renaissance literature, Romantic literature, science fiction, travel writing, utopian literature, Victorian literature, and young adult literature.

This comprehensive volume will be of great interest to scholars and students of literature, gender studies, trans studies, literary theory, and literary criticism.

chapter |16 pages


part I|250 pages

Core Topics

chapter 1|10 pages

Culture and Trans Literature

chapter 3|11 pages

Home and Trans Literature

chapter 4|11 pages

Religion and Trans Literature

chapter 8|11 pages

Temporality and Trans Literature

chapter 9|9 pages

Nonlinearity and Trans Literature

chapter 10|9 pages

Suspense and Trans Literature

chapter 12|10 pages

Visibility and Trans Literature

chapter 13|12 pages

Activism and Trans Literature

chapter 14|10 pages

Inclusion and Trans Literature

chapter 15|10 pages

BDSM and Trans Literature

chapter 16|10 pages

Monstrosity and Trans Literature

chapter 17|13 pages

The Anthropocene and Trans Literature

chapter 18|10 pages

Water and Trans Literature

chapter 21|11 pages

Disability and Trans Literature

chapter 23|10 pages

Trans Poetics and Trans Literature

part II|191 pages

Forms and Genres

chapter 26|10 pages

Archival Fiction as Trans Literature

chapter 28|10 pages

Science Fiction as Trans Literature

chapter 30|11 pages

Climate Fiction as Trans Literature

chapter 33|10 pages

Travel Writing as Trans Literature

chapter 35|12 pages

Fan fiction as Trans Literature

chapter 38|10 pages

Comics as Trans Literature

chapter 39|11 pages

Manga as Trans Literature