This essay situates mermaids—fish women—as openings to trans histories in Newfoundland. It develops narratives of human-fish relations at both material and metaphoric levels, considering settler, Indigenous, Black, and trans engagements with fish, fishiness, and fishy being. Ultimately, this essay argues for a trans fishy subjectivity attentive and responsive to the multiple ontological histories and trajectories at the nexus of sense, self, settler, sex, and species.
KeywordsMermaid Trans Fish Fish pluralities Fishy subjectivity
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