Randolph-Macon College will present Gender Benders: Pope Joan and Queen Elizabeth
on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 212, Old Chapel.
Craig Rustici will discuss his findings on why sixteenth-century English printers
published extraordinarily few texts devoted to the sensational exploits of Pope
Joan, an apocryphal, medieval woman who allegedly disguised herself as a man and
became a Roman Catholic pontiff. Rustici argues that writings might have raised
uncomfortable comparisons to Queen Elizabeth.
This Gender Benders Series lecture is sponsored by the R-MC
women’s studies program, the history
department, the sociology department, the
First-Year Experience program, and the Committee
on Assemblies and Special Events (CASE). This event is free and open to the