Part of the University of Illinois Press's Contemporary Film Directors Series, Cáel M. Keegan's monograph on Lana and Lilly Wachowski far exceeds the series' goals, offering not only a detailed filmography, one of the most extensive interviews with Lana Wachowski to date, and a thorough critical analysis—it also provides a compelling contribution to current discussions about the relationship between trans* and cinema. Through Keegan's close readings of the Wachowski sisters' films, he articulates a theory of trans* cinematic embodiment that is crucially necessary for contemporary research at the intersection of trans* studies and cinema and media studies.

Following Susan Stryker's 2000 essay “Transsexuality: The Postmodern Body and/as Technology,” as well as Stryker's current work on the cinematic afterlife of Christine Jorgensen, scholars and artists have examined the relationship between trans* and the cinematic as an issue that exceeds questions of representational politics....

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