Generating Blackness: Unsettling the American Grammar of Trans Politics
Abstract

This article employs the "trans" storyline of How to Get Away with Murder

(HTGAWM) from Season Two, Episode Six as a means to analyze the relationship of (anti)blackness to popular trans representation and anti-trans violence. I center my analysis within the symbolic order of Hortense Spillers's concept of the "American Grammar" in order to generate a conceptual space to interrogate the relationship of (anti)blackness to contemporary trans representation. This "trans" episode of HTGAWM names CeCe McDonald yet never discusses her relationship to (anti) blackness, which signals the writer's desire for a transnormative subject to provide their (neo)liberal audiences with commonsense imagery.


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