Alternatively, his negative portrait of the androgynized woman may be seen as participating in the greater cultural anxiety surrounding discourses of hermaphrodism
and intersexuality in the period.
No other congenital anomalies, such as cryptorchidism or hermaphrodism
, were identified.
Homosexuality appeared as one of the forms of sexuality when it was transposed from the practice of sodomy onto a kind of interior androgyny, a hermaphrodism
of the soul.
Robert Hurley 1990) ("Homosexuality appeared as one of the forms of sexuality when it was transposed from the practice of sodomy onto a kind of interior androgyny, a hermaphrodism
of the soul.
The final chapter, 'Devaluing the Beard: Half Beards and Hermaphrodites', documents the transition of hermaphrodism
from the mythic and spiritual registers of value in antiquity to the legal and medical value registers of the early modern period.
Gautier borrows the terms of a historical debate about hermaphrodism
that was raging at the same time he was writing Mademoiselle de Maupin, but his reworking of the doubtful sex plot participates in a time-honored tradition of literature that relies on sexual indeterminism as a means to keep the reader reading.
As Foucault argues in The History of Sexuality, the nineteenth century marked the emergence of the term homosexual, when it was "transposed from the practice of sodomy onto a kind of interior androgyny, and hermaphrodism
of the soul":
Rereading Rayuela: Hypergraphy, Hermaphrodism
, and Schizophrenia".
This suggests hermaphrodism
over the course of an individual's life, but with relatively abrupt changes in sex rather than extended periods of simultaneous hermaphrodism
in Anodonta grandis, a freshwater mussel.
The latter revel in gratuitous sexuality, glorifying the erotic myth of hermaphrodism
through symbolism rather than psychology.
By contrast, Tara Zahra explores "The Borderland in the Child: National Hermaphrodism
and Pedagogical Activism in the Bohemian Lands.