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The Trans-Exclusive Archives of U.S. Capital Punishment Rhetoric

Campbell, Peter Odell and Holding, Cory (2015) The Trans-Exclusive Archives of U.S. Capital Punishment Rhetoric. In: Transgender Communication Studies: Histories, Trends, and Trajectories. Lexington Books, Lanham, MA, 199 - 216. ISBN 1498500056

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We offer a rhetorical distinction between certain de jure and de facto forms of U.S. capital punishment rhetoric. From this distinction, we argue for building a space conducive to critical analysis of state-institutional legal language within the field of transgender communication studies. We hold together: the absence and unrealizability of named trans life in the official language of capital punishment law and the unofficial deadly consequences of articulations of transgender life-in-prison by judicial and administrative rhetors. We view this critical combination as an opportunity to turn these archives of erasure, absence, and failure toward a productive and hopeful end. By mapping the discursive structure of cisnormative punishment institutions, trans rhetorical study can provide useful resources to the effort to abolish those very institutions.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
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Campbell, Peter Odellodell@pitt.eduODELL0000-0002-3125-165X
Holding, CoryCHOLDING@pitt.eduCHOLDING
Date: 5 February 2015
Date Type: Publication
Publisher: Lexington Books
Place of Publication: Lanham, MA
Page Range: 199 - 216
Refereed: No
ISBN: 1498500056
Title of Book: Transgender Communication Studies: Histories, Trends, and Trajectories
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Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 14:04
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 19:12


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