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Doubting SexInscriptions, Bodies and Selves in Nineteenth-century Hermaphrodite Case Histories$
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Geertje Mak

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086908

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086908.001.0001

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The Turn Inwards

The Turn Inwards

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Doubting Sex

Geertje Mak

Manchester University Press

This chapter covers those case histories in which the sex of self was made into a serious object of psychological-medical investigation for the first time in history. Franz Ludwig von Neugebauer's attempts to find statistical links between a person's own sense of sex and gonadal sex are reported. The chapter then argues that the sex of self appeared as a phantom limb, as the projection of the severed moral and social order of sex on to the screen of an imagined self. The difference between Heinrich Zangger's and Magnus Hirschfeld's way of making the sex of self into an object of enquiry shows a particular aspect of the crucial shift Freudian psychoanalysis entailed. The concept of the subconscious helped psychiatrists to enact a (sex of) self already detached from these. In the case of hermaphrodites, not many physicians proved to have initiated techniques necessary for mapping an interior sex of self.

Keywords:   sex of self, Franz Ludwig von Neugebauer, gonadal sex, social order, Heinrich Zangger, Magnus Hirschfeld, Freudian psychoanalysis, hermaphrodites

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