Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

Humanities and Cultural Studies

Major Professor

Sara Callahan, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Brendan Cook, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Andrew Berish, Ph.D.

Committee Member

David Rubin, Ph.D.


Mennonite, Queer, Standpoint, Transgender


The work of Casey Plett is a prime place to discuss the experiences of being transgender and a Mennonite. However, her writing has received little discussion in the field of trans and religious studies, simply because fiction is rarely the focus of analysis in the field. This thesis argues that not only does fiction have a place in the field, but that there are unique analytic tools, such as trans standpoint theory, that can be used in the analysis of works of fiction to heighten what is gained and found in the endeavor. And so, this thesis not only argues for fiction to have a seat at the analytic table, but also provides an avenue for the analysis of fiction in the field of trans and religious studies to take place.