Nonbin@ry: Tr@ns-Forming Gender and Genre in Nonbin@ry Literature, Performance, and Visual Art


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships




This project explores the concept of nonbin@ry as a new configuration of identities, bodies, and families beyond binaries, kinships, and borders in culture and society. In addition, “nonbin@ry” offers alternatives to categories of knowledge in traditional genres and disciplines, evidenced in the fashionable and flourishing transdisciplinary canon of nonbin@ry literature, performance, and visual art. The project focuses on the literary and performance art work of Akwaeke Emezi’s “Freshwater,” Alok Vaid-Menon’s “Beyond the Gender Binary,” Jacob Tobia’s “Sissy,” Andrea Gibson’s “Lord of the Butterflies,” Rivers Solomon’s “The Unkindness of Ghosts,” Danez Smith’s “Homie,” and Andrea Lawlor’s “Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl.”