Women and Gender Seminar: Jack Norton, University of Illinois at Chicago

Women and Gender Seminar
Friday, October 17, 2008

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

“Clothes Make the Man: Cross-Dressing and the Law in Early Modern Spain”
Jack Norton, University of Illinois at Chicago
Cross-dressing has a long and significant history in Europe, with both real and fictional women taking on male personas to suit their needs. Using a comparative early modern european framework, this paper assesses how Spanish law addressed female cross-dressing. By studying both the law and legal commentaries, I hope to explain how cross-dressing both aided and thwarted women’s economic advancement.

Commentator: Valentina Tikoff, DePaul University