Becoming a woman : a biography of Christine Jorgensen /

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Main Author: Docter, Richard F.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Routledge, c2008.
Series:Sexual minorities in historical context.
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Long overdue, this is a thorough, well-documented, and easily accessible biography of the woman who brought transsexualism to the US public imagination--Christine Jorgensen. The first chapter sets an engaging tone, immediately capturing the reader's attention and laying out the central questions the book will address. Years of research give clinical psychologist Docter (formerly, California State Univ., Northridge) an enormous collection of interviews, letters, newspaper accounts, legal documents, and autobiographical material as a base. What emerges is in the form of a story, with plentiful details and vivid descriptions, as well as a liberal sprinkling of direct quotes from Christine's family, friends, and neighbors and Christine herself. The author's psychological analysis of conversations, observed and related behaviors, and narrated events makes for well-informed conjecture that conveys the flavor of juicy gossip, yet in actuality is psychoanalysis by a trained, credentialed professional. The style is straightforward and clear without seeming overly simplistic or minimizing the complexity of gender transition issues. This book is equally valuable as a research tool and an enjoyable, informative read for the general public. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. S. E. Cooper California State University--Chico

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