Student Research Projects
The Many Images of Joan of Arc: Hero, Cross-Dresser, Saint
Dr. Clayton Drees|
This paper explores the many roles Joan of Arc has filled both during her brief life and after her death with particular emphasis on her cross-dressing. It was this role as a cross-dresser that infuriated her enemies and played a more direct role in her execution than her alleged heresy alone. Coupled with this cross-dressing, the female saints she believed spoke to her represented a flagrant refusal of the Church's patriarchal rule. The legacy her role as a cross-dresser has left behind will also be explored, mentioning her role as a positive symbol for the modern GLBTQIA community.