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Girl Meets Boy

(2007)
The Myth of Iphis
(The seventh book in the Myths series)
A novel by

 
 
Another internationally acclaimed writer contributes a fascinating, compelling reinterpretation of a myth that resonates deeply today.
Ligdus and Telethusa are having a child, but they cannot afford to have a girl. Ligdus informs Telethusa that she had better hope for a boy. While this decision makes them both sad, Telethusa "must/obey." She prays to Isis, but births a girl and names her Iphis, a name that "suited male or female-/a neutral name." She convinces everyone, including Ligdus, that Iphis is a boy.
Iphis matures and falls in love with another girl, Ianthe, and is engaged for marriage, yet s/he is ruled by the sexual norms of the time: "[P]ossessed by love so strange . . . no female wants/a female!" but "no learned art-can ever make of me/a boy." She attempts to reconcile her love for Ianthe against the pressures of "nature." The wedding day is near, Telethusa is desperate, and prays again to Isis. Iphis is transformed, looking like a boy.
Is Ovid suggesting that what we think is nature is attitude? Does Iphis grow a penis? Or does Iphis, adopting the characteristics of a boy, remain a girl married to a girl, undermining traditional values?

Genre: Fantasy

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May 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis
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ISBN: 0-676-97875-4 / 978-0-676-97875-9 (USA edition)
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December 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (MYTHS)
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November 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis
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November 2007 : UK Hardback

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August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy (Canons)
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May 2015 : UK Paperback
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ISBN: 1-78211-633-8 / 978-1-78211-633-2 (UK edition)
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2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy
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ISBN: 0-14-341658-8 / 978-0-14-341658-6 (UK edition)
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July 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy
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ISBN: 0-676-97876-2 / 978-0-676-97876-6 (USA edition)
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January 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (Myths)
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: 1-84767-186-1 / 978-1-84767-186-8 (UK edition)
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December 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy (Isis General Fiction)
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: 0-7531-8061-8 / 978-0-7531-8061-7 (UK edition)
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy (Myths)
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ISBN: 1-84767-068-7 / 978-1-84767-068-7 (UK edition)
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November 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (Myths)
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ISBN: 1-84195-870-0 / 978-1-84195-870-5 (UK edition)
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2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl meets boy, English edition
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ISBN: 1-84767-227-2 / 978-1-84767-227-8 (UK edition)
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Title: Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis (Text Myth Series)
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January 2007 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Girl Meets Boy (Canongate Myths series Book 8)
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