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Androgyny (“having the nature of both male and female”, from Greek anḗr: ‘man’; gynḗ: ‘woman’), whether in the form of the hermaphrodite or androgyne (the two were often used synonymously in the Middle Ages and early modern period) is one of the “key unifying myths of the 16th and 17th centuries” (Hocke). Androgyny subverted early m…

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Marti, Stephan Bernard, “Androgyny”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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