"A Strange Sort of Being": The Transgender Life of Lucy Ann / Joseph Israel Lobdell, 1829-1912

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McFarland, Dec 12, 2011 - Social Science - 239 pages
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Born in 1829 to a working-class family in upstate New York, Lucy Ann Lobdell was not your average girl. Donning her brother's clothes, she worked on the farm and in her father's saw mill, and demonstrated marksmanship skills that earned her the nickname "The Female Hunter of Delaware County." After leaving home, she moved to the frontier, married a woman, and lived for sixty years as a man named "Joe." Because of nineteenth century social restrictions and gender expectations, Lobdell endured forced marriage, arrest, and incarceration in an insane asylum. Although twentieth-century scholars have labeled her a lesbian, this study incorporates queer theory, analysis of stories about Lucy and Joe, and Lobdell's own writings to reveal that he was actually a transgendered man.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
1 Some Do Call Me a Strange Sort of Being
25
2 The Singing Teacher of Bethany
59
3 The Queer Couple
90
4 A Man in All That the Name Implies
124
Appendix A
155
Appendix B
184
Appendix C
199
Appendix D
203
Chapter Notes
211
Bibliography
224
Index
229
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About the author (2011)

Bambi L. Lobdell, Ph.D., teaches English and women's studies at the State University of New York, Oneonta.

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