This project is a historical examination of shifting sexual identities and intersex individuals in early modern Europe. This project focuses primarily on anatomical “hermaphrodites” (as they are termed in contemporary sources) and their place within the established binary society. This project answers questions pertaining to intersex individuals and their treatment throughout early modern Europe, depending on country, region, or communities in question. Using primary sources such as Spanish inquisition tribunal transcripts, among other official documents, this project sheds a new light on cultural gender norms of early modern society, producing deeper understanding and hopefully appreciation to our modern culture.
Semester/Year of Award
Mentor Professional Affiliation
Open Access Thesis
History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Department Name when Degree Awarded
Hudson, Thomas, "Hermaphroditism and the Rhetoric of Shifting Sexual Identity in Early Modern Europe" (2019). Honors Theses. 645.