Date of Award

5-23-2017

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Department of English

First Advisor

Christopher Breu

Abstract

In this thesis, I examine the tensions between intersex embodiment and trans* identity, intersex children and their parents, and the intimacies that come out of these relationships – which, I argue, are ultimately queer. Using queer, trans*, and intersex theory, as well as feminist new materialisms, I highlight the ways in which the imbrications of the material and the symbolic are presented in Alyssa Brugman’s contemporary Young Adult novel, Alex as Well. The goal of this analysis is to encourage a separation from binary thinking and explore the possibility of nonbinary identifications in literature – more specifically, literature with intersex representation.

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Rodriguez_ilstu_0092N_11034.pdf

Page Count

63

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