I am a cultural and critical theorist of trans* and queer media/literature, primarily interested in the aesthetic forms transgender and queer people have created and the sensorial effects of those forms on our popular lifeworlds.
My work theorizes the lived relation between trans* and queer cultural production and the popular sensorium, exploring the subjunctive potential of trans* and queer aesthetics for our shared political life: How do we (re)create the world we are taught to expect? How can we unlearn those expectations? What other possibilities might then emerge?
(Stanford Interdisciplinary Working Group in Critical Theory, May 2017)
Below is a sampling of my recent published work. Much of this work can be accessed through my academia.edu page. Talks and works under review/forthcoming are listed on my CV.
My book, Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender, is available from the University at Illinois Press.
My co-edited special issue of Somatechnics 8.1, “Cinematic Bodies” is available here.
Articles, essays, and chapters:
Keegan, C. M. “Getting Disciplined: What’s Trans* About Queer Studies Now?” Journal of Homosexuality. Published online October 22, 2018.
Keegan, C. M. “Ecstatic Passages: Transgender Sensation in The Matrix.” In Z Filmtidsskrift, special issue“TranZ.” Ed. Gunnar Iverson. Electronic publication, published in Norwegian.
Keegan, C. M. with Moya Bailey, micha cárdenas, Laura Horak, Lokeilani Kaimana, Genevieve Newman, Roxanne Samer, Raffi Sarkissian. “Sense8 Roundtable.” Spectator. Special Issue: “Transgender Media.” Vol. 37.2 (Fall 2017). 74-88.
Keegan, C. M. and Tobias Raun. “Nothing to Hide: Selfies, Sex, and the Visibility Dilemma in Trans Male Online Cultures.” Sex in the Digital Age. Eds. Paul G. Nixon and Isabel K. Dusterhoft. Routledge, 2017.
“History, Disrupted: The Aesthetic Gentrification of Queer and Trans Cinema After the Recession.” Social Alternatives. Special Issue: “The Present State and Future Directions of Genders and Sexualities.” Ed. Jason Laker Vol. 35.3 (Spring 2017). 50-6.
“Revisitation: A Trans Phenomenology of the Media Image.” MedieKultur. 61.1-5 (Fall 2016). Special Issue, Gender and Media Revisited. Eds. Tobias Raun, Maja Rudloff, and Anne Mette Thorhauge. 26-41.
“Tongues Without Bodies: The Wachowskis’ Sense8.” Transgender Studies Quarterly. 3.3-4 (Fall 2016). 605-10.
“On Being the Object of Compromise.” Transgender Studies Quarterly. 3.1-2 (Spring 2016). 150-7.
“Junk Politics: The Representational Economy of Trans Male Genitalia.” Below the Belt: Genital Talk by Men of Trans Experience. Ed. Trystan T. Cotten. Oakland: Transgress Press, 2016.
“Emptying the Future: Queer Melodramatics and Negative Utopia on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture. 1.1. (Jan. 2016). 9-22.
“Looking Transparent.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Eds. Stephen Hartman and Don Romesburg. Vol. 16.1 (May 2015). 137-8.
“Horizontal Inheritance: Orphan Black’s Transgender Genealogy.” InMediaRes. April 15th, 2015.
“California and the Queer Utopian Imagination.” A History of California Literature. Ed. Blake Allmendinger. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 327-42.
“Queer Sensations: Postwar American Melodrama and the Crisis of Queer Juvenility.” Thymos: The Journal of Boyhood Studies. Vol. 7.2 (Fall 2013). 115-29.
“Moving Bodies: Sympathetic Migrations in Transgender Narrativity.” Genders. Vol. 55. (Spring 2013).
“Household Remedies: New Narratives of Queer Containment in the Television Movie.” Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional, and Queer Perspectives. Ed. Angela Pattatucci-Aragon. London: Routledge P, 2013. 107-123.
“Sexing the Terrorist: Tracing the National Body at Abu Ghraib.” NeoAmericanist 1.1. (Fall/Winter 2006).