«Middlesex ist ein unerhörter, wunderbarer Roman.» (Jonathan Franzen) In einem kleinasiatischen Bergdorf fängt alles an. Ein junger Mann und eine junge Frau, Bruder und Schwester, fliehen vor den Türken nach Smyrna und, als die Stadt brennt, nach Amerika. Es ist das Jahr 1922. Auf dem Schiff heiraten sie und lassen sich später in der Autostadt Detroit nieder. Niemand ahnt das Geheimnis dieses Paares, doch nach Jahrzehnten hat der Tabubruch der beiden ungeahnte Folgen. «Locker, vielschichtig, tiefgründig, genial.» (Die Welt) «Eugenides ist ein Erzähler, der seine Leser schamlos in seinen Bann zu schlagen versteht. Und sein Buch ein Geschenk an die literarische Welt.» (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) «Ein spannender, origineller und sehr witziger Roman.» (Der Spiegel) «Ein wunderbares Buch, reich an Geschichte und Geschichten, an Liebe, Glück Leid, Trauer und Tiefsinn, an Witz und an Fabulier- und Erinnerungslust.» (Bernhard Schlink)
Author: Jennifer Grainger
Release Date: 2002-07-10
Once home to over 60 flourishing villages, Middlesex County, in the heart of southwestern Ontario, has a rich history just waiting to be discovered. Anthropologist and local history enthusiast Jennifer Grainger has, through extensive research and much personal exploration, produced a valuable document chronicling the "rise and fall" of these pioneering settlements, truly the foundation of all that exist in the area today. Nostalgia buffs, armchair adventurers, genealogists and curious daytrippers alike will welcome the arrival of this timely publication with its many fascinating stories and countless visual reminders of the past.
Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Paderborn (Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex, language: English, abstract: The novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides won the Pulitzer Price in 2002. If you endeavour to sum up the story in one sentence, you could say it is an epic tale of an hermaphrodite of Greek origin, of his genealogy and of the first forty years of his life in the USA and in Berlin, told by himself. The question is: Why did Eugenides choose the title "Middlesex" for his novel? and: How can the motive "Middlesex" be traced in the text? In trying to answer this, I used different ways of appraoch. First I strived to get some explanations from the outside, using dictionaries, the internet, and also referring to "Middlemarch" by George Eliot, because the title bears a resemblance to "Middlesex." Next I found some interviews on the internet in which Eugenides speaks about his book. Then I turned to the novel itself. It is obvious that I looked into the chapter "Middlesex" first. Then I tried to find out whether there was any connection between the hermaphrodite status of Cal and the title. The last step I took was to analyze the relations of the four couples who make up Cal's entourage in order to learn, if there was anything that linked them to the title. A short evaluation of the results of this quest shall be given in the conclusion of this paper.
Author: Roger Thompson
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
Release Date: 1989
Social historian Roger Thompson brings the forgotten and faceless men and women in 17th-century Massachusetts to suggest that records from Middlesex County of the Colony and Province of Massachusetts Bay show that the puritan social system was not so rigid and the relationships between sexes not so regulated as some historians have suggested. The argument of 'Sex in Middlesex' is revisionist: the 'puritans' and 'theocrats' who throng its pages do not behave in accordance with popular stereotype or conform tot he interpretations of major historians.