Lies Before Our Eyes

The Denial of Gender from the Bible to Shakespeare and Beyond

by Karen Love (Author)
©2005 Thesis 260 Pages


Have we ever really believed in gender? Is there any evidence that we have resisted, rejected, and denied the division of human beings into ‘male’ and ‘female’? Both our charter narratives and popular media murmur a persistent «no». The theories of Luce Irigaray, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Roland Barthes, when applied to works as varied as Bible stories, parables, nursery rhymes, Greek myths and drama, Shakespeare’s plays, and contemporary film reveal a new character – the transcengenderist mucosa.
The transcengenderist mucosa – an original metaphor derived from our own deep physical structures: our permeable cellular membranes – deconstructs the equilibrium of binary gender transcends ‘male’ and ‘female’ by being, simultaneously, both and neither. Through the agency of the transcengenderist mucosa, who operates in the liminal space between male and female, we recognize that ‘gender’ does not exist in reality, and that the violence and destruction inherent in the binary definition of gender can be transcended.


ISBN (Softcover)
Geschlechtsunterschied (Motiv) Irigaray, Luce Literatur Geschichte English Literature Gender Studies Comparative Literary Theory Bakhtin, Mikhail Barthes, Roland Literary Theory
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 260 pp.

Biographical notes

Karen Love (Author)

The Author: Karen Love lectures in Media Culture, Women’s Studies, and Communications and is the Programme Manager for Digital Media at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill, New Zealand. She received her Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1999, and has published in both literature and management communications.


Title: Lies Before Our Eyes