In this important volume, Alicia Spencer-Hall and Blake Gutt bring together scholarship that rethinks, in creatively productive ways, how gender figures in medieval representations of sainthood and sanctity. While, for the past several decades, gender and sexuality have featured importantly in medievalist work on Christianity, only recently have scholars begun to consider how contemporary trans studies—with its attention to gender transition and genders that escape or exceed the male/female binary—can illuminate medieval texts, experiences, and histories. Spencer-Hall and Gutt here provide a capacious space for such work, and the resulting collection will facilitate further exciting exploration.

The editors’ co-written introduction calls attention to the current ambivalent situation of trans people, with some significant rights and recognition having been won in the midst of ongoing legal and governmental efforts to curtail trans existence. In doing so, they emphasize that trans medievalist work is not simply a matter of academic concern; it...

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