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Doubting Sex: Inscriptions, Bodies and Selves in Nineteenth-century Hermaphrodite Case Histories

Geertje Mak


An adolescent girl is mocked when she takes a bath with her peers, because her genitals look like those of a boy. A couple visits a doctor asking to ‘create more space’ in the woman for intercourse. A doctor finds testicular tissue in a woman with appendicitis, and decides to keep his findings quiet. These are just a few of the three hundred European case histories of people whose sex was doubted during the long nineteenth century that this book draws upon. The book offers a refreshingly new perspective on the relation between physical sex and identity over the long nineteenth century. Rather ... More

Keywords: genitals, long nineteenth century, sex, gender, sexuality, gender identity, social body, anatomy, inner self

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719086908
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geertje Mak, author