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Fighting for the FutureEssays on Star Trek: Discovery$
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Sabrina Mittermeier and Mareike Spychala

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621761

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.001.0001

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‘I Never Met a Female Michael Before’

‘I Never Met a Female Michael Before’

Star Trek: Discovery between Trans Potentiality and Cis Anxiety

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(p.351) ‘I Never Met a Female Michael Before’
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Fighting for the Future
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Si Sophie Pages Whybrew

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DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621761.003.0019

Although transgender individuals have been absent from Star Trek since its 1966 debut, this absence has conspicuously haunted the franchise in the form of illusions, allegories, metaphors, alien species, and various other metonymic mirages. Unsurprisingly, the franchise’s latest iteration, Star Trek: Discovery, is no exception. This chapter argues that despite depicting a seemingly cisgender universe, the show, like its predecessors and reviewers, does not seem to be able to escape this significant absence of trans characters and the associated cisgender anxiety. It examines the affective dimensions of the show’s and its reviewer’s struggle to come to terms with its nascent trans potentiality. Moreover, it explores the potential ramifications of these allusions to aspects of trans experience from a trans studies perspective.

Keywords:   Star Trek, Star Trek Discovery, transgender, representation, trans*, cis anxiety, trans potentiality, transgender studies

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