Cross-dressing in literature

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

"The current popularity of cross-dressing as a theme in art and
criticism represents, I think, an undertheorized recognition of the
necessary critique of binary thinking, whether particularized as
male and female, black and white, yes and no, Republican and
Democrat, self and other, or in any other way."
Marjorie Garber, 1991[1]

Mr Rochester disguised as a Gypsy woman sitting at the fireplace. Illustration by F. H. Townsend in the second edition of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre.

Cross-dressing in literature has been studied by many literary and cultural critics.[1]

As a theme[edit]

As a minor plot element[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "from Vested Interests: Cross-dressing & Cultural Anxiety (1991)", Marjorie Garber, 1991. Retrieved 21 September 2011.