Conceptions of Intersex and Trans* Lives in English Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Novels

Ulrike Kohn

As notions of sex and gender fall prey to rigid binary categorizations in the nineteenth century, sexual transgressions are made out as menace to social peace. Due to various discursive paradigm shifts at play, the few literary manifestations of these alternative lives of intersex and trans people in English-speaking novels, as this project aims to trace, nonetheless suggest an emancipation of intersex and trans characters: from marginal and rare, mute(d) objects of jurisdictional and medical interest to passive canvases of theoretical utopian conceptions of (sexual) otherness and, finally, to rather common subjects of elaborate biographical accounts in the second half of the twentieth century.

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Letzte Änderung: 04.05.2016