How does Eugenides’ novel, Middlesex, is in dialogue with the history of sexuality you have explored in this class so far?
How does Eugenides’ novel, Middlesex, is in dialogue with the history of sexuality you have explored in this class so far? I want you to be specific in your thesis statement or claim [italicize your thesis statement]. Focus on a specific moment, character, incident, symbol, object, etc, and make an argument in relation to the larger history of sexuality. You need to support your claims by textual evidence; that is, by using quotations from the novel. Ideally, put the novel in a dialogue with one of previous discourses: hermaphrodites, religious and legal discourses, medical discourses, Foucault’s claims, etc. Pick one of them, and discuss how the novel considers such historical-sexual issues. I want to see how the sexual history you have learned in this class contributes to your reading of a contemporary novel that addresses contemporary sexual issues. The best way to do this is to be specific about a historical discourse (either medical, or religious, or legal, or hermaphrodites, or lesbianism, whatever you want to choose) and explore and discuss how this discourse appears in Middlesex?
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