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Open Access Article

Author Biography

Kadin Henningsen is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he works on nineteenth-century American literature, book history, and transgender studies. He is also an artist and printer.


This article discusses the process of creating an artist’s book on Mary Ann Waters, a Black trans woman and sex worker in Antebellum Baltimore. In addition, informed by the author’s experience of making the artist’s book, he proposes a process of critical fabrication—which brings together Saidiya Hartman’s method of “critical fabulation” with Natalie Loveless’s articulation of “research-creation”—as a method for critical bibliography.

(In the issue section "Bibliographic Knowledge(s)")

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