Middlesex is Jeffrey Eugenides' Pulitzer-winning novel about Cal, the intersex protagonist who uncovers a guilty family secret and an astonishing genetic history as he comes of age. ,Explore a character analysis of Cal/Calliope, plot summary, and important quotes.


See a complete list of the characters in Middlesex and in-depth analyses of Cal/Calliope Stephanides, Desdemona Stephanides, Eleutherios “Lefty” Stephanides, and Milton Stephanides.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Middlesex, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


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Quick Quizzes

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Further Study

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