Why Skin is A-peeling: Transgenesis in Cinema

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There are three realms of understanding: there are the things we know that we know; there is stuff we know that we don’t know; and then there’s stuff that we don’t even know that we don’t know. In my sophomore year English class, my high-heeled, leather-clad, too groupie to be a teacher teacher asked us to write a paper on what it means to be human. I was fifteen years old at the time, way too uncultured and privileged to even begin to understand the complexities of human nature in this second realm of understanding. By reading Pride and Prejudice, Macbeth, and A Tale of Two Cities, I was able to write a paper well enough to get an A in the class, but I certainly did not learn what it means to be human, nor could I recognize a question that, at the time, was in the third…

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