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Week 3--Finding Ariadne's Thread

You are by now, I hope, deep into Eugenides' novel Middlesex, awash in Henry Ford's melting pot, Lefty's gambling, Desdemona's adventures with the Nation of Islam, Milton's military service, Judge Roth's desegregation order, Chapter 11 (why on earth is the kid called Chapter 11?)'s rebellion...

and you might be wondering, at this point, why you are reading this novel for a course called Critical Feminist Studies. What elements in the novel point you to some feminist questions? (What is a feminist question?) What threads are you finding, Ariadne, that are helping you make sense of the story? What threads would you like pulled out and attended to, as we continue our discussion?

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