WorldCat Identities

Rustici, Craig M. 1964-

Works: 3 works in 14 publications in 1 language and 1,505 library holdings
Genres: History  Legends 
Roles: Author
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Craig M Rustici
The afterlife of Pope Joan : deploying the Popess legend in early modern England by Craig M Rustici( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Amid the religious tumult of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, English scholars, preachers, and dramatists examined, debated, and refashioned tales concerning Pope Joan, a ninth-century woman who, as legend has it, cross-dressed her way to the papacy only to have her imposture exposed when she gave birth during a solemn procession." "The legend concerning a popess had first taken written form in the thirteenth century and for several hundred years was more or less accepted. The Reformation, however, polarized discussions of the legend, pitting Catholics, who denied the story's veracity, against Protestants, who suspected a cover-up and instantly cited Joan as evidence of papal depravity. In this heated environment, writers reimagined Joan variously as a sorceress, a hermaphrodite, and even a noteworthy author." "The Afterlife of Pope Joan examines sixteenth- and seventeenth-century debates concerning the popess's existence, uncovering the disputants' historiographic methods, rules of evidence, rhetorical devices, and assumptions concerning what is probable and possible for women and transvestites. Author Craig Rustici then investigates the cultural significance of a series of notions advanced in those debates: the claim that Queen Elizabeth I was a popess in her own right, the charge that Joan penned a book of sorcery, and the curious hypothesis that the popess was not a disguised woman at all but rather a man who experienced a sort of spontaneous sex change." "The Afterlife of Pope Joan draws upon the discourses of religion, politics, natural philosophy, and imaginative literature, demonstrating how the popess functioned as a powerful rhetorical instrument and revealing anxieties and ambivalences about gender roles that persist even today."--Jacket
Politics, empire and identity : Francis Bacon and the construction of the literary statesman by Craig Michael Rustici( )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glass houses : why the subjects of Queen Elizabeth avoided the subject of Pope Joan( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Given by Associate Professor Craig M. Rustici, English Hofstra. Lecture with slide presentation explores the analogy of sexual misconduct drawn between Pope Joan, the infamous pontiff of the Church of Rome and Queen Elizabeth I, Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Specifically, Rustici sets out to explain the disappearance of the first English play that dramatized the popess's career
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.05 (from 0.05 for The afterl ... to 0.80 for Politics, ...)

The afterlife of Pope Joan : deploying the Popess legend in early modern England
Alternative Names
Rustici, Craig M.

Rustici, Craig Michael.

English (13)