Intersex Narratives: Shifts in the Representation of Intersex Lives in North American Literature and Popular Culture

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transcript Verlag, Feb 29, 2016 - Social Science - 316 pages
This book explores representations of intersex - intersex persons, intersex communities, and intersex as a cultural concept and knowledge category - in contemporary North American literature and popular culture. The study turns its attention to the significant paradigm shift in the narratives on intersex that occurred within early 1990s intersex activism in response to biopolitical regulations of intersex bodies. Focusing on the emergence of recent autobiographical stories and cultural productions like novels and TV series centering around intersex, Viola Amato provides a first systematic analysis of an activism-triggered resignification of intersex.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
1 Introduction
11
Conceptual and Theoretical Framework
29
Speaking Out Against Medical and Narrative Violence
55
Autobiography as a Critical Reflection on the Paradigm Shift in Intersex Narratives ...
103
Literary Renegotiations of the DisContinuities between Hegemonic Narratives and the Recognition of Difference
159
Intersex inas a State of Emergency and Popular Cultures UnAcceptable Interventions ...
241
A Conclusion
295
Bibliography
305
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Viola Amato (deceased in 2017) earned her PhD in North American Literature and Culture from Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research focused on queer movements, social class, and higher education in neoliberalism.

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