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									            CS&M             STEFAN HORLACHERa, WIELAND SCHWANEBECKa           AND   PETER STEARb


              CONSTRUCTIONSMASCULINITY IN BRITISH
                                         OF
     LITERATURE FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT:
        INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE
       (TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY             OF   DRESDEN, JUNE 17-20, 2009)1



     Recently, it took the individual actions of a Scottish‐born, 48‐year‐old Aus‐
tralian to once again question the legitimacy of the traditional gender di‐
chotomies generally subscribed to by state legislatures and the wider public
they are elected to represent. Norrie May‐Welby of Sydney—born a man, be‐
fore undergoing a sex change operation and eventually opting to become a
“neuter”—”made headlines after […] receiving an official designation of gen‐
der neutrality in Australia” but was in next to no time confronted with the with‐
drawal of this document “over questions of whether the New South Wales
registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages had the power to issue such a desig‐
nation.”2
     The case of May‐Welby resonates with a dramatic development in the con‐
temporary relevance and problematic nature—nature of course being the op‐
erative word—of a number of issues raised during the international
interdisciplinary conference “Constructions of Masculinity in British Litera‐
ture from the Middle Ages to the Present,” an event hosted by Prof. Dr. Stefan
Horlacher at the Technical University of Dresden in June, 2009. Organized with

        1
        For a German note on the conference see Gender, 1(2), 2009, pp. 133‐138, available
from http://budrich‐journals.de/index.php/gender/article/view/718.
      2
        “Norrie May‐Welby: The world’s first legally genderless person.” The Huffington
Post, March 19, 2010, accessed May 13, 2010, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
2010/ 03/18/norrie‐may‐welby‐the‐worl_n_502851.html; “Briton is recognised as world’s
first officially genderless person.” The Telegraph, March 15, 2010, accessed March 30,
2010, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7446850/Briton‐
is‐recognised‐as‐worlds‐first‐officially‐genderless‐person.html.

a
    Technische Universität Dresden.
b
    Freie Universität Berlin

All correspondence regarding this article should be addressed to Stefan Horlacher, Institut für An‐
glistik und Amerikanistik, Fakultät Sprach‐, Literatur‐ und Kulturwissenschaften, Technische Univer‐
sität Dresden 01062, Dresden. Email: stefan.horlacher@mailbox.tu‐dresden.de.
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