I just got Julia Serrano’s Excluded in the mail, and while I’m always interested in reading her insightful writing, I’ve noticed an unfortunate tendency in the marketing of this book and her previous, Whipping Girl, to attempt to sell them as grandiose thesis statements, which they are not. Both are basically a bunch of loosely connected essays with one or two chapters which discuss the theme of the title.
Maybe an essay collection is not considered salable by Serrano’s publishers, but the result is that the book seems far slighter than the kind of weighty analysis promised by the title. For instance, one would expect that the book “Excluded” would have some historical analysis of past history in which transwomen was exiled from the queer community, but so far there is nothing, simply a brief mention of the fact at the beginning of “Chapter One”
Anyway I don’t want to give the impression that I don’t care for the book or for Serrano’s writing, but I just feel that she could produce a more cohesive statement if she was encouraged by her publishers