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Hilary Polak's picture

thoughts on sex and gender, biology and literature

Professor Grobstein's lecture on Tuesday was very interesting. I think I have always defined biology as something that is fact and truth, with no room for interpretation. However, Grobstein's perspective really made me reconsider this idea. He described biology as ever-changing. It depends on different conversations, and those conversations depend on the narrator discussing the information. This concept reminded me of literature very much. After all, literature is a narrator telling a story, and the reader or other participants reading it and interpreting certain elements in different ways. This new parallel I have discovered between science and English is fascinating to me and I am so glad I was exposed to it.
On Middlesex, I strongly agree with ANorton (the first post). I noticed that as I was reading, despite the fact that the author mentioned his gender situation, I could not specifically point out features of a specific gender. The narrative was surprisingly neutral. As I read further, I am curious to see how his gender identity develops because his attitude (at least in book one) does not suggest a particular gender.


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