>From John Lynch <firstname.lastname@example.org> 18 April 1996
I am from Australia and am writing a novel that has at its core certain fundamental feminist principles that are relevant to today. As part of my research, I am trying to get some background on women who, for commercial and social reasons, dressed as males.
For example, to gain entrance to the university early this century or in the 19th century in the UK- Dr. James Barry springs to mind, she became Chief Medical Officer of the British Army, and whilst it was suspected at times, her gender was not known until her death about 1867. The practice was known as "eonism" rather than transvestitism, which carries sexual connotations.
I would very much appreciate it if you could provide names of similar cases that you may be aware of or even pointers to locate such information as my research has been relatively unsuccessful. Kind Regards.
Bennett, Betty book on Mary Diana Dods
Clarke, Charlotte Narrative(1755)
Dekker, Rudolf M. Dekker and van de Pol, Lotte C. The Tradition of Female Transvestitism in Early Modern Europe
DeRitter, Jody essay in Genders 19: 1-27
Garber, Marjorie Vested Interests
Nixon, Edna Royal Spy: The Strange Case of the Chevalier D'Eon (New York, 1965)
Book entitled: Monsieur D'Eon is a Woman (no author, no date)
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