Re: [mythsoc] Jackson's Eowyn gets it
- In a message dated 5/3/2004 6:13:51 AM Pacific Standard Time,
"I can't help but think that there is literary precedence indeed for the
woman guised as a man, off to fight, and sometimes revealed and sometimes
not. I can't think of any examples though, it's just a fairytale sense."
There are lots and lots of examples of this in the ballad tradition -- female
soldiers and sailors. "Bold William Taylor," "There Was a Wealthy Merchant,"
etc. And hey, what about Joan of Arc? <g>
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> "I can't help but think that there is literary precedence indeedfor the
> woman guised as a man, off to fight, and sometimes revealed andsometimes
> not. I can't think of any examples though, it's just a fairytalesense."
Harry Turtledove and his "Guns of the South" series have a female
Confederate soldier. She vacillates between fighting in the trenches
and playing the hooker with the heart of gold. In one chapter she
suffers dysentery with all the other lads and in another she is the
romance enabler. This is in line with actual history in which
females often fought in the wars; sometimes disguised as men and
other times: not (Molly Pitcher and Margaret Corbin).