Worksheet 13

please read the following before class:

  • betancourt, transgender lives, 89-120

worksheet questions (remember to include quotes from the texts):

  1. what are two things that stood out to you from this chapter and why?
  2. how does betancourt navigate the range of terminology? why does this discussion matter? what’s at stake?
  3. why might these narratives have been so popular (and for whom)? what, if anything, might complicate the fact of their popularity? (*remember not all byzantine christians thought alike, and go beyond the superficial)
  4. in several occasions, betancourt refers to individuals as “real or legendary/imagined”; what is he implying with this caveat and does it matter? why or why not?
  5. what can we learn about byzantine christians’ view of the human body from this discussion of asceticism and eunuchs in this chapter?