Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 February 2013

296 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719089978

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Doubting sex

Inscriptions, bodies and selves in nineteenth-century hermaphrodite case histories

Geertje Mak

Published by Manchester University Press

  • A fascinating, innovative and thought-provoking argument, yet easy to follow and clearly signposted: the ideal book for students to discuss in (under)graduate courses
  • Challenges the existing hermaphrodite historiography, showing how medicine's reduction of sex to sexual glands simultaneously created clinical interest in an autonomous, inner and inalterable 'sex of self'
  • Based on a wealth of European hermaphrodite case histories, including French, German and Dutch
  • Innovative history of the body, showing the enactment of sexual bodies in clinical practice to change fundamentally over time, rather than medical concepts of sex
  • Important contribution to the history of the (pre-modern) self with the novel concept of person, illustrated by a groundbreaking rereading of the hermaphrodite autobiography of Herculine Barbin

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