This paper draws on transgender studies and theories of gender performativity and genderfluidity to consider how twelfth-century holy woman Christina of Markyate resists traditional and third-gender binary policing. It argues that Christina is genderfluid, and that as a secular, masculinized, and religious virgin, she co-exists within and moves among multiple gender spaces that allow her to establish her own authority.
Medieval Holy Women, Saints Lives, Christina of Markyate, Gender Performance, Gender Theory, Genderfluidity, Transgender Studies, 12th century
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Nestel, Meghan L. "A Space of Her Own: Genderfluidity and Negotiation in The Life of Christina of Markyate." Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality
55, no. 1 (2019)
Available at: https://doi.org/10.17077/1536-8742.2064