Gender Reversals and Gender Cultures: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives


Gender reversal is a perennial theme in the cultures of both East and West. It emerges in classical Chinese theatre, in the ceremony consecrating the Japanese emperor, and in Hindu mythology; in the ancient Greek rites of Dionysos, in medieval Christian thought and in the culture of the American Indians.The original essays in Gender Reversals and Gender Cultures explore the historical and cultural diversity of the experience of gender reversal over an exceptional geographical and chronological range. The contributors bring a unique mixture of perspectives to bear on the subject, with backgrounds in anthropology, history, literature, political science, comparative religion and women's studies. They reveal the complex relation of gender reversal to taboo, and show how differing attitudes reveal much about particular cultures.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Sabrina Petra Ramet
  • Anne Bolin
  • Judith Ochshorn
  • J. L. Welch
  • Karen Jo Torjesen
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1996


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