Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2284
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Johnston , Elva.
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  • Title: Transforming Women in Irish Hagiography
  • Source: Peritia: Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland 9, ( 1995): Pages 197 - 220.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Brigit, Abbess of Kildare, Saint Cross Dressing Gender Hagiography Ireland Queens in Literature Sexuality in Literature Transformation in Literature Women in Literature Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: General
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  • Abstract: The transformation of women is a common motif in early Irish literature. Three aspects will be dealt with, using mainly hagiographical sources. Initially there will be an exploration of the image of the sovereignty goddess. This will be followed by a discussion of the notion of a woman possessing a masculine soul, and finally, of the evidence for the transvestite saint. It will be argued that these represent aspects of the Irish church's ideology. [Reproduced by permission of Brepols Publishers.]
  • Author's Affiliation: Christ Church, University of Oxford
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  • Year of Publication: 1995.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03321592
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