Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe / Edition 1

Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe / Edition 1

by Valerie R. Hotchkiss, Hotchkiss Valer
     
 

In this book, the author explores medieval society's fascination with the cross-dressed woman. The author examines a wide variety of religious, literary, and historical sources, which record interpretations of sartorial attempts to overcome gender hierarchy and also illustrate, mainly through the device of inversion, a remarkably sustained desire to examine and

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In this book, the author explores medieval society's fascination with the cross-dressed woman. The author examines a wide variety of religious, literary, and historical sources, which record interpretations of sartorial attempts to overcome gender hierarchy and also illustrate, mainly through the device of inversion, a remarkably sustained desire to examine and reexamine the nature of social gender identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815337713
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
New Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Author's Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2"Female Men of God": Cross Dressing in Medieval Hagiography13
Ch. 3The Lives and Death of Hildegund von Schonau33
Ch. 4Transvestism on Trial: The Case of Jeanne D'Arc49
Ch. 5The Female Pope and the Sin of Male Disguise69
Ch. 6The Disguised Wife: Gender Inversion and Gender Conformity83
Ch. 7Cross Dressing and Sexuality105
Ch. 8Conclusions125
Hagiographic Appendix: The Lives of the Transvestite Saints131
Notes143
Bibliography177
Index193

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