Krimmer, Elisabeth. 2004. In the Company of Men: Cross-Dressed Women Around 1800. Wayne State University Press, Detroit. ISBN 0-8143-3145-9
A study of cross-dressed women (or trans men) in history and literature in 18-19th century Germany and surrounding cultures. Most of the summary for this work is provided by guest-blogger Rose Fox.
You may have noticed a (temporary) change in the blog heading. One of my secret hopes for the LHMP is that it will entice interesting people to engage with the material and--as a personal side benefit--give me a chance to meet them or get to know them better. I’d been following Rose Fox on Twitter (@rosefox) for quite some time simply because they had fascinating things to say. And when Rose started live-tweeting a summary of In the Company of Men as part of their research for a novel with a trans male protagonist and a lesbian supporting character in ~1810 London, I gathered up my courage and asked if I could use the material as a guest contribution to the Project.
Rose’s angle is slightly different from the summary I might have made (for one thing, it’s far more detailed!) as they’re examining it through the lens of what a transmasculine person reading the novels that Krimmer analyzes might have thought and felt. One reason I’m delighted to be able include Rose’s work is as a reminder that the material in the Project--though organized around my own personal interests--is intended to be of interest and use to people with a much broader range of purposes than my own.
So for the next two weeks, to respect this broader and more inclusive examination of Krimmer’s work, the blog series will be re-titled as above. Rose covered chapters 2-5, while today's entry covering the introduction and chapter 1 is by me.
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