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Women & Cross Dressing 1800-39

  • Published: 25 Aug 2006
  • DOI: 10.4324/9780415323024
  • Set ISBN: 9780415323024

This three-volume collection focuses on writings by and about cross-dressing women from the early nineteenth century up until the beginning of World War II. In so doing, it provides a new perspective on one of the most decisive periods in the history of feminism.

The anthology brings together for the first time key texts from the sexological and the literary realms, as well as newspaper articles, letters and photographs, which document the phenomenon of cross-dressing women in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British culture. The collection also includes translations from European texts that impacted on British understandings of cross-dressing during this time.

A fascinating work, each of the volumes is introduced separately with a critical essay, and is divided thematically to include sections devoted to theories, fictions and fictionalisations, and lives. Together, these volumes make available important source material for the history of feminism.

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General Introduction

Constructions of Gender: The Sex Complex, Woman (Wie bist du Weib), The Psychology of Clothes, Sex difference in dress, Sex in Human Relationships: Sexual Selection, Love According to Types, The Riddle of Woman, Case Studies: Psychopathia Sexualis, with Reference to the Contrary Sexual Instinct, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Vol. VII, The Psychology of Sex, Sexual Anomalies and Perversions, The Mystic Rose: A Study of Primitive Marriage, Intermediate Types among Primitive Folk, Sexual Aberrations: Relation to Sex The Phenomenon of Fetishism in, Women East and West, Scott’s Encyclopaedia of Sex

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Captain Charlotte. A Farce in Two Acts, Act First, Act Second, Moll Cutpurse, ‘Introduction’, Women Adventurers: The Lives of Madame Velasquez, Hannah Snell, Mary Anne Talbot, and Mrs Christian Davies, The Life and Surprising Adventures of Mary Ann Talbot in the Name of John Taylor, A Woman in Battle, The Battle of Bull Run, First Experiences as a Spy, The Fall of Fort Donelson, Her Arrest and Detection, Wounded and Her Sex Discovered, Plots and Schemes, Isabella Bird, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, Letter II, Letter IV, Letter XV, The Mystery of Joan of Arc: Translator’s Preface, The Mystery of Joan of Arc: Introduction, Chapter I, Chapter II, Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V, Chapter VI, Chapter VII, Chapter VIII, Chapter IX, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII, Chapter XIII, Chapter XIV, Chapter XV, A Message, Translator’s Note

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Androgyny, or Woman Playing at Man: I, II, A book that must be suppressed, Radclyffe Hall, The Male Impersonator, Woman’s strange life as a man, How the Colonel’s secret was revealed, Amazing mystery of a man-woman: sex changed at the age of 29, ‘Girl’ who was a man: error that lasted 24 years, Photograph: Two male impersonators, Photograph: Two women in suits seated on a horse carriage drinking beer, Photograph: Industry, Transport and Agriculture: A woman wearing trousers and overall, bent under the weight of a hundredweight sack of coal she is carrying, at the South Metropolitan Gas Company, Old Kent Road, London, Photograph: Industry, Transport and Agriculture: A full length portrait of two munition workers (munitionettes) at Woolwich Arsenal, showing their short overalls, trousers and caps, Photograph: Medicine: The two ‘Women of Pervyse’, Mairi Chisholm and the Baroness de T’Serclaes driving their motor ambulance through the ruins of Pervyse, Photograph: Women’s Royal Naval Service: WRNS officer instructing ratings in the use of anti-gas respirators at Lowescroft. The officer is wearing a tailored uniform and the rating a serge jacket and skirt, Photograph: Women’s Royal Naval Service: A WRNS motor driver in the driving seat of an open car, Photograph: Industry, Transport and Agriculture: An Inspector and Sergeant in the Women’s Police Service, Photograph: Shipbuilding: Women dockyard workers at the blacksmith’s forge when destroyer HMS ASHANTI was undergoing a refit at Immingham, Dr James Barry: Her Secret Story, Extract from the Journal of General Sir Joshua Cloete, K.C.B.,

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