Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe

Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe

by Valerie R. Hotchkiss
     
 

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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

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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.

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Explores medieval society's fascination with the cross-dressed woman, examining religious, literary, and historical sources describing attempts by women to overcome gender hierarchy. Looks at fictional and historic cross-dressing women in medieval culture, discussing subjects such as the symbolism underlying the popular lives of transvestite saints, the legend of the female pope, and the phenomenon of the abandoned wife in male disguise. Upcoming titles in the series include Medieval Mothering and Fresh Verdicts on Joan of Arc. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135231712
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/12/2012
Series:
New Middle Ages
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
214
File size:
1 MB

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