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ERIC Number: EJ826109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Challenging Texts: How Teaching "Middlesex" Challenged Students' Paradigms
Vanderburg, Robert
English Journal, v98 n3 p103-105 Jan 2009
"Middlesex" is a book about undiagnosed hermaphrodite coming to terms with his/her socially determined sexuality and his/her choice of sexuality. The protagonist and narrator of the novel, Calliope Stephanides, is raised as a girl because he/she presented feminine genitalia at birth. When Calliope realizes he/she is a hermaphrodite--a realization brought to light through a bicycle accident--Calliope chooses the male gender and calls himself "Cal." The novel mainly deals with Cal's coming of age, the socialization process of gender roles, and the separation hermaphrodites experience personally and socially. In this article, the author shares how teaching "Middlesex" has helped him realize that dialogic instruction and critical literacy could be mixed and expanded to help students develop a "critical dialogue" with the author of a text. He has previously perceived dialogic instruction and critical literacy as two separate ideologies sharing similar notions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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