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The subjective cut: sex reassignment surgery in 1960s and 1970s science fiction
  1. Karin Sellberg
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karin Sellberg, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), Level 5, Forgan Smith Building, University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia; k.sellberg{at}


This article considers the way in which ethical concerns about sex reassignment surgery and especially the research and clinical practice of the sexologist Dr John Money (1921–2006) is being negotiated in the 1960s and 1970s novels Myra Breckinridge and Myron by Gore Vidal and The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter. Drawing on the theories of gender and embodiment developed by Money, the article reads the novels as a critical response and discursive interaction with emergent sexological concepts.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.