Changing Skins: Folktales about Gender, Identity and Humanity

Selected Bibliography for the Show
Compiled by Milbre Burch, PhD


Folktales Told in Changing Skins

Boas, Franz. “Coyote, Fox, and Panther” in Memoirs of the American Folk-lore Society, Volume 11. Lancaster, PA: American Folklore Society, 1917 (pp. 75-76).

Braid, Donald. “The Lad and the Black Laird” in Scottish Traveller Tales: Lives Shaped through Stories. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007.

Downing, Charles. “The Girl Who Changed into a Boy” in Armenian Folk-tales and Fables. London: Oxford University Press, 1972. Pp.83-86.

A.C. Hollis, ED. “A Little Taste of the Medicine” adapted from “The Boy and His Knee” in The Masai: Their Language and Folklore. Oxford: Clarendon Press,1905. (Pp.153-155.)

Husain, Shahrukh. “The Mouse, the Thing, and the Wand” in Handsome Heroines. New York: Doubleday, 1996. (Pp.112-139.)

MacDonald, Margaret Read, ED. “The Ice Bear Child” in Look Back and See: Twenty Lively Tales for Gentle Tellers. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1991.

Mathers, E. Powys, trans. “An Indian Princess Borrows a Jinni’s Sex” in The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night from the French of Dr. J. C. Mardrus. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd., 1964. (v. 4, p. 411.)

Pino-Saaverdra, Yolando, ed. “Florinda” In Folktales of Chile. Rockwell Gray, ed. Folktales of the World (series.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967. (Pp. 103-108.)

Riordan, James. “The Woman in the Moon” in The Woman in the Moon and Other Forgotten Heroines. London: Random House UK, 1993.

Smyth, Robert, ED. “Zusia” adapted from the tale by that name, retold by Carol Birch in Ahhhh! A Tribute to Brother Blue and Ruth Edmonds Hill. Somerville, MA: Yellow Moon Press, 2003.

“The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh” (Traditional) Accessed on the Internet at 9 June 2010.

Vyasa, “Sikhandin” in the Mahabharata – Book Five, Udyoga Parva: Uluka Dutagamana Parva: Section CXC-CXCV. Accessed on the Internet at 5 May 2008

Sources for Quotes in Changing Skins

Associated Press, “Is She a He? Runner’s Family Members Dismissing Gender Uproar” Columbia Daily Tribune 20 August 2009: B1.

Bagemihl, Bruce. Biological Exuberance –Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999. Paraphrased Paul L. Vasey’s quote on P. 54.

Ensler, Eve. The Good Body. New York: Villard, 2005. P. 86

Nibley, Lydia, dir. Two Spirits. Prod. Russell Martin and Say Yes Quickly Productions in association with Henry Ansbacher and Just Media. 2009. Accessed on the Internet on 21 April 2010.

Queer Theory Resources

(*mentioned in Changing Skins)

*Bagemihl, Bruce. Biological Exuberance –Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaw – On Men, Women and the Rest of Us. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Brekhus, Wayne, Ed. The Intersections Collection. New York: Pearson Customs Printing, 2009.

*Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex: A Novel. New York: Picador, 2007.

*Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body – Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. New York: Basic Books, 2000.

Feinberg, Leslie. Stone Butch Blues. Los Angeles: Beacon Alyson Books, 1993.

—. Transgender Warriors – Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.

Garber, Marjorie. Vested Interests: Cross-Dressing and Cultural Anxiety. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Hubbard, Ruth. Quote is found on pages 518-519 in Peggy McCracken’s article “’The Boy Who Was A Girl’: Reading Gender in the Roman De Silence.” The Romanic Review, Vol. 85, No. 4., (1994), pp. 517-536.

Jagose, Annamarie. Queer Theory – An Introduction. New York: New York University Press, 1996.

Other Resources of Interest

Black, Daniel. Perfect Peace. New York: St. Martin’s, 2010.

Cashorali, Peter. Gay Fairy and Folk Tales: More Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1997.

—. Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1995.

Conner, Randy P., David Hatfield Sparks and Maiya Sparks, ed. Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit, Covering Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Lore. London: Cassell, 1997.

Cross, Donna Woolfolk. Pope Joan. New York: Ballantine, 1996.

Ellis, Deborah. Parvana’s Journey. Toronto: Douglas and McIntyre, 2002.

—. Mud City. Toronto: Douglas and McIntyre, 2003.

Grahn, Judy. Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds. Boston: Beacon Press, 1984.

Kerry, Stephen. “‘There’s Genderqueers On The Starboard Bow’: The Pregnant Man In Star Trek,” The Journal of Popular Culture 42.4 (2009): 699-714.

Kilodavis, Cherl. My Princess Boy: A Mom’s story about a young boy who loves to dress up. New York: Aladdin, 2011.

Morgan, Ruth and Saskia Wieringa, ED. Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men and Ancestral Wives: Female Same Sex Practices in Africa. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale, 2006

Nanda, Serena. Neither Man nor Woman: The Hijras of India. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1999.

Newton, Esther. Margaret Mead Made Me Gay – Personal Essays, Public Ideas. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.

—. Mother Camp – Female Impersonators in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972.

O’Keefe, Tracie and Katrina Fox, ED. Finding the Real Me – True Tales of Sex and Gender Diversity. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Roscoe, Will, ED. Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 1998.

—. The Zuni Man-Woman. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1991.

Zapperi, Roberto. The Pregnant Man. Translated from the Italian by Brian Williams. New York: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1991

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