“Sing now, O Muse, of the recessive mutation”: Interrogating the Genetic Discourse of Sex Variation with Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex

  title={“Sing now, O Muse, of the recessive mutation”: Interrogating the Genetic Discourse of Sex Variation with Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex},
  author={Olivia Banner},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={843 - 867}
  • Olivia Banner
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Art
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
This article interrogates the role of genetic discourse in narratives of human sex variation, both scientific and cultural, by focusing on Jeffrey Eugenides’ bestselling novel Middlesex. The bildungsroman/fictional memoir of the intersexed Calliope/Cal, the novel describes its narrator’s transformation from a childhood lived as the girl Calliope to, when adolescence increases the masculinization of her secondary‐sex characteristics, an adulthood lived as the male Cal. In its beginning… 
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