HS Literature – Middlesex (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Middlesex is a Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Jeffrey Eugenides published in 2002. Primarily a coming-of-age story (Bildungsroman) and family saga, the novel chronicles the effect of a mutated gene on three generations of a Greek family, causing momentous changes in the protagonist’s life. The protagonist is an intersex man of Greek descent. This book has received massive praise as well as harsh criticism.

Themes include gender identity, ancestry and heritage, the American Dream, and the differing experiences of what society constructs as dichotomies, specifically the gender binary. The novel contains many allusions to Greek mythology, including creatures such as the Minotaur, half-man and half-bull, and the Chimera, a monster composed of various animal parts.

This class will include discussion of the book, writing assignments, historical learning, and perhaps an art project. All of the reading will take place outside of class.

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