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scrutinised for their respective “meanings”. However the endeavour of this study is precisely to liberate these texts from the grip and fixedness of their canonical and mythological superimposition. Instead of leaving the canon fixed and ignoring the numerous attempts that purport to decide their essential messages, they are considered as troubling evidences for a general impetus to straight- en their queerness. As Barthes proposes literary analysis that seeks to identify one essential meaning in a text is always in danger of aligning itself with “([b

about someone else. This as if concerns enunciation alone: utterance continues to be subjected to the strict and proper rules of the autobiographical contract” (“Third Person” 32). According “to the strict and proper rules of the autobiographical pact,” Auster’s protagonist A. is consequently read as his autobiographical alter ego. As a psychological term, alter ego, which is Latin for “the other I,” describes the “second self” of a split personality or a multiple personality or schizophrenic disorder. In literary analysis, the alter ego signifies a fictional

apparently irreconcilable with the norms by which genders are recognizable. The usefulness of this theory for approaching the two novels lies in its capacity to formulate the struggle of the (fictional) intersex 162 | INTERSEX NARRATIVES characters with their conflicting gender assignments in theoretical terms, which reference the structural framework within which the conditions of intelligibility are negotiated. My literary analysis is based on the following theoretical propositions or questions regarding the conditions of intersex intelligibility in the novels

of puns and double meanings even fur ther, one could argue that the tapeworm’s speech is not only an interior monologue according to the terms and definitions of literary analysis, but simultaneously and literally a monologue taking place within the interior of Bruce’s body. 142 Brit ish White Trash tion of the police as filth and pigs, and draws on Peter Stallybrass and Allon White’s Bakhtinian analysis of the pig as a “deeply ambivalent and ambig- uous creature which diffuses and confuses social boundaries and categori- sations” that “troubled the demarcation

7 Socioscape While the fist part of the literary analysis accounted for the specific influences of the cityscape upon the mental dispositions of Londoners, this second chapter engages with the city’s social space and concentrates on the metropolitan collective. In reference to Lefebvre’s notion of social space as encounter, assembly, and simultaneity, “Socioscape” considers the relations between urbanites and their urban way of life including socio- cultural interrelations, transpositions, juxtapositions, and hegemonies as produced and producing in metropolitan