Retrospective sex: Rewriting intersexuality in Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/96394
Title:
Retrospective sex: Rewriting intersexuality in Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex
Authors:
Carroll, R. (Rachel)
Affiliation:
Teesside University
Citation:
Carroll, R. (2010) 'Retrospective sex: Rewriting intersexuality in Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex', Journal of American Studies, 44 (1), pp.187-201.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Journal of American Studies
Issue Date:
Feb-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/96394
DOI:
10.1017/S0021875809990831
Abstract:
This article examines the representation of intersexuality in Jeffrey Eugenides's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2002 novel Middlesex. It situates the depiction of intersexuality within the context of current scholarship on sexed identity within the field of gender and sexuality studies. It argues that while a fictional focus on ambiguously sexed identity might appear to be aligned with queer critiques of fixed categories of "sex," Eugenides's narrative remains implicated in heteronormative assumptions. More specifically, it will explore the narrative strategies which frame Calliope Stephanides's intersexed body, focussing on the relationship between the male-identified adult Cal, "author" of this fictional autobiography, and his remembered teenage girl self. It will suggest that the retrospective logic at work in this narrative is complicit in a heteronormative temporality which reinforces the causal relationship between sex, gender and sexuality which queer theorists have sought to interrogate.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
Eugenides, Jeffrey; Middlesex; intersexuality; sex; gender; sexuality
ISSN:
0021-8758; 1469-5154
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive publisher's version/PDF. For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 13/04/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 13/04/2010]

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCarroll, R. (Rachel)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-13T11:06:34Zen
dc.date.available2010-04-13T11:06:34Zen
dc.date.issued2010-02en
dc.identifier.citationJournal of American Studies; 44(1):187-201en
dc.identifier.issn0021-8758en
dc.identifier.issn1469-5154en
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0021875809990831en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/96394en
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the representation of intersexuality in Jeffrey Eugenides's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2002 novel Middlesex. It situates the depiction of intersexuality within the context of current scholarship on sexed identity within the field of gender and sexuality studies. It argues that while a fictional focus on ambiguously sexed identity might appear to be aligned with queer critiques of fixed categories of "sex," Eugenides's narrative remains implicated in heteronormative assumptions. More specifically, it will explore the narrative strategies which frame Calliope Stephanides's intersexed body, focussing on the relationship between the male-identified adult Cal, "author" of this fictional autobiography, and his remembered teenage girl self. It will suggest that the retrospective logic at work in this narrative is complicit in a heteronormative temporality which reinforces the causal relationship between sex, gender and sexuality which queer theorists have sought to interrogate.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive publisher's version/PDF. For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 13/04/2010]en
dc.subjectEugenides, Jeffreyen
dc.subjectMiddlesexen
dc.subjectintersexualityen
dc.subjectsexen
dc.subjectgenderen
dc.subjectsexualityen
dc.titleRetrospective sex: Rewriting intersexuality in Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesexen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside Universityen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of American Studiesen
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 13/04/2010]en
or.citation.harvardCarroll, R. (2010) 'Retrospective sex: Rewriting intersexuality in Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex', Journal of American Studies, 44 (1), pp.187-201.en
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