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Clothes Make the Man

Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe

By Valerie R. Hotchkiss

Routledge – 1996 – 216 pages

Series: New Middle Ages

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    978-0-8153-3771-3
    November 1st 1999
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    April 1st 1996
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Description

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.

Reviews

"…a good research tool…worth reading." -- American Historical Review

"Valerie Hotchkiss very effectively synthesizes a large body of diverse medieval texts about female cross-dressing…Hotchkiss has made however a vital contribution to cultural analysis of gender in the Middle Ages." -- Arthuriana

"Makes excellent outside reading for advanced undergraduates. This book can instruct and interest readers of all levels." -- The Medieval Review

"This is an important and interesting book, which is written in a clear and accessible style, making it useful not only for the specialist but also for upper level undergraduate and post graduate students who wish to receive an introduction to the complexities of medieval gender roles." -- Parergon

Name: Clothes Make the Man: Female Cross Dressing in Medieval Europe (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Valerie R. Hotchkiss. 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...
Categories: Literature, Literature & Gender Studies, Medieval Literature