Dr. Marshall Bruce Gentry
Jeffery Eugenides’ Middlesex presents a protagonist, Calliope, coming to terms with hir gender identity. For some critics, the final stage of this development is Calliope’s return to hir family and decision to live as a man. By this understanding, they mistakenly conflate the end of that narrative with the narrative of the framing device, set in the present. They ignore the fact that Cal’s time as a firmly-defined man is even worse than hir time as a woman, a sad reality that has not changed in the present.
Edenfield, Cohen M.
"Take a Third Option: Multigender in Middlesex,"
Vol. 13, Article 8.
Available at: http://kb.gcsu.edu/thecorinthian/vol13/iss1/8