Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender, is the first academic monograph to consider the historical and cultural importance of Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s filmography, and the first to contain an interview with Lana Wachowski. The project theorizes how the advent of transgender politics, the evolution of digital cinema, and the anti-capitalist imaginary collide in the Wachowskis’ films, suggesting that their body of work can be read as an aesthetic history of transgender political consciousness as it has evolved discursively in popular media. Written from an interdisciplinary cultural studies methodology, it explores the significance of the Wachowskis as film and genre innovators who have permanently altered the technology and aesthetics of cinematic reality and its effects on embodiment. The project analyzes the Wachowskis’ work as a popular archive that draws out the radical implications of trans through speculative explorations of convergence, virtuality, phenomenology, and capitalist realism. The book takes up “trans” expansively, as an aesthetic that dramatizes movement between bodies and genders as well as across systems, consciousnesses, times, spaces, and media formats in an exploration of the political conditions of late capitalist hypermodernity.
The book is under advance contract with the University of Illinois Press for inclusion in their Contemporary Film Directors Series.