Why Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex Is So Inoffensive

  title={Why Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex Is So Inoffensive},
  author={Merton Lee},
  journal={Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction},
  pages={32 - 46}
  • Merton Lee
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Sociology, Art
  • Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction
ABSTRACT I read Jeffrey Eugenides' 2002 novel Middlesex as a book that endorses a narrative of heteronormativity and ethnic assimilation. Ethnocentrism is critiqued through irony, first with an incestuous marriage and then by parodying the Nation of Islam. But on the question of homosexuality, the text appears to stage the impasse of sexuality and gender, only to resolve its complexities as a coming of age narrative that affirms heterosexuality. 
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