Trans Media: The Fixity and Fluidity of Gender in Contemporary Media(Panel)
Julian Gill-Peterson (University of Pittsburgh)
Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi Marks in Netflix’s series Sense8, said, “I’m excited that shows are moving towards the idea that trans people can just exist in the fictional worlds, because we exist in the real world. . . . It’s great that more people of trans experience are writing. That’s where it comes in that we exist, because they have the experience of just existing.” The Netflix series has received significant attention for its representation of Sensates, individuals who are part of a psychic “cluster,” connected by mind and body in the series’ cinematography and narratives, as well as its creators, Lana and Lilly Wachowski. Sense8 is part of a landscape of progressive television that explores the fixity and fluidity of gender constructs in popular culture, coexisting with Netflix’s Orange is the New Black (2013-present) and Amazon’s Transparent (2014-present) on streaming platforms free of the conventions of network television. On the big screen, Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl (2015) and Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Lili Elbe garnered critical acclaim while Gaby Dellal’s 3 Generations “sat in limbo” since 2015 before being given a release date of May 19, 2017.
This panel will explore how trans identities are represented in contemporary television and film, examining the possibilities and limitations of reconceiving gender identity in both new and well-established mediums.
This panel will explore how trans identities are represented in contemporary television and film. What are the possibilities and limitations of reconceiving gender identity in both new and well-established mediums? What is the space and place of these representations within popular culture—mainstream or margin?