Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe

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Overview

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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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135231712
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Series: New Middle Ages
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 985 KB

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Author's Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 "Female Men of God": Cross Dressing in Medieval Hagiography 13
Ch. 3 The Lives and Death of Hildegund von Schonau 33
Ch. 4 Transvestism on Trial: The Case of Jeanne D'Arc 49
Ch. 5 The Female Pope and the Sin of Male Disguise 69
Ch. 6 The Disguised Wife: Gender Inversion and Gender Conformity 83
Ch. 7 Cross Dressing and Sexuality 105
Ch. 8 Conclusions 125
Hagiographic Appendix: The Lives of the Transvestite Saints 131
Notes 143
Bibliography 177
Index 193
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