Discursive Intersexions

Daring Bodies between Myth, Medicine, and Memoir

Michaela Koch

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Discursive Intersexions

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Pub Date: October 2017

ISBN: 9783837637052

290 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Discursive Intersexions

Daring Bodies between Myth, Medicine, and Memoir

Michaela Koch

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Life narratives and fiction that represent experiences of hermaphroditism and intersex are at the core of Michaela Koch's study. Texts from the nineteenth to the early twenty-first century are embedded within and contrasted with contemporary debates in medicine, psychology, or activism to reveal the processes of negotiation about the meaning of hermaphroditism and intersex. This cultural studies-informed work challenges both strictly essentialist and constructivist notions. It argues for a differentiated perspective on intersex and hermaphrodite experiences as historically contingent, fully embodied, and nevertheless discursive subject positions.

About the Author

Michaela Koch teaches Anglophone literary and cultural studies at the University of Oldenburg. Her research interests include queer studies, animal studies, and literary discourse analysis.