Clothes Make the Man Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe
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Description: In this book, the author explores medieval society's fascination with the cross-dressed woman, examining a wide variety of religious, literary, and historical sources that recordedinterpretations of sartorial attempts to overcome gender hierarchy and also illustrate, mainly through the device of inversion, a remarkabley sustained desire to examine an reexamine the nature of social gender identities. Included in the study are investigations of the symbolism underlying the lives of popular transvestite saints; the confluence of hagiography and biography in the historical case of Hildegund von Schonau; the juridical and theological arguments for and against the transvestism of Jeanne d'Arc; the legend of the female pope; the phenomenon of the abandoned wife in male disguise; and the characterization of female protagonists in courtly romance who experience a crisis of sexual identity.
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Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/1/1999
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
|Series Editor's Foreword|
|"Female Men of God": Cross Dressing in Medieval Hagiography|
|The Lives and Death of Hildegund von Schonau|
|Transvestism on Trial: The Case of Jeanne D'Arc|
|The Female Pope and the Sin of Male Disguise|
|The Disguised Wife: Gender Inversion and Gender Conformity|
|Cross Dressing and Sexuality|
|Hagiographic Appendix: The Lives of the Transvestite Saints|