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Introduction: The Benefits of Being Trans Historical, by Greta LaFleur, Masha Raskolnikov, and Anna M. Klosowska
Part I: Archives: Revisiting Law and Medicine
1. Mapping the Borders of Sex, by Leah DeVun
2. Elenx de Céspedes: Indeterminate Genders in the Spanish Inquisition, by Igor H. de Souza
3. The Case of Marin le Marcis, by Kathleen Perry Long
4. The Transgender Turn: Eleanor Rykener Speaks Back, by M.W. Bychowski
5. Wojciech of Pozna and the Trans Archive, Poland, 1550–1561, by Anna M. Klosowska
Part II: Frameworks: Representing Early Trans Lives
6. Recognizing Wilgefortis, by Robert Mills
7. Performing and Desiring Gender Variance in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire, by Abdulhamit Arvas
8. Without Magic or Miracle: The Romance of Silence and the Prehistory of Genderqueerness, by Masha Raskolnikov
9. Transgender Translation, Humanism, and Periodization: Vasco da Lucena's Deeds of Alexander the Great, by Zrinka Stahuljak
Part III: Interventions: Critical Trans Methodologies
10. Visualizing the Trans-Animal Body: The Hyena in Medieval Bestiaries, by Emma Campbell
11. Maimed Limbs and Biosalvation: Rehabilitation Politics in Piers Plowman, by Micah James Goodrich
12. Where Are All the Trans Women in Byzantium?, by Roland Betancourt
13. Performing Reparative Transgender Identities from Stage Beauty to The King and the Clown, by Alexa Alice Joubin
14. Laid Open: Examining Genders in Early America, by Scott Larson
15. Epilogue: Against Consensus, by Greta LaFleur

About the Author

Greta LaFleur is Associate Professor of American Studies at Yale University, and author of The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America.
Masha Raskolnikov is Associate Professor of English at Cornell University, and author of Body Against Soul.
Anna Kłosowska is Professor of French at Miami University, and coeditor of Disturbing Times.


The collection's concluding essays address methodological questions, frameworks, and terminology, offering many possibilities for approaching trans-centered analysis in medieval and early modern scholarship. Overall, the collection is an important contribution to the premodern era, and the diversity of sources, methodologies, and approaches will appeal to a wide variety of students and scholars.

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