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Clothes Make the Man : Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe - Valerie R. Hotchkiss

Clothes Make the Man

Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe

Paperback Published: 1st April 1996
ISBN: 9780815337713
Number Of Pages: 214

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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 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.

Series Editor's Foreword
Author's Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 3
"Female Men of God": Cross Dressing in Medieval Hagiographyp. 13
The Lives and Death of Hildegund von Schonaup. 33
Transvestism on Trial: The Case of Jeanne D'Arcp. 49
The Female Pope and the Sin of Male Disguisep. 69
The Disguised Wife: Gender Inversion and Gender Conformityp. 83
Cross Dressing and Sexualityp. 105
Conclusionsp. 125
Hagiographic Appendix: The Lives of the Transvestite Saintsp. 131
Notesp. 143
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780815337713
ISBN-10: 081533771X
Series: New Middle Ages
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 1st April 1996
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1