Taking up Roland Barthes’s concept of the “third meaning,” Kojima analyzes the character of Julie Kikuchi, the Japanese American love interest of the grown-up Cal. Taking Julie seriously as a character beyond mere plot contrivance and cultural reference, Kojima invites us to consider the intertwined histories of economic rise and fall, trans-Pacific wars, and other intimacies that Middlesex remains entangled in yet fails to fully acknowledge.
"Trans-Pacific Imaginaries and Queer Intimacies in the Ruins of Middlesex,"
The Goose: Vol. 17
, Article 57.
Available at: https://scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/vol17/iss1/57