Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography was selected as a Lambda Literary Awards (Lammy) 2022 finalist in the Transgender Nonfiction category.
"The first thing one observes about Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography is that it is a beautiful object. The cover image, by medievalist and artist Jonah Coman, is a sumptuous study in gold, like a Book of Hours, with vignettes of both holy images and protest marches in a band that encircles an image of a medieval saint holding a trans pride flag. We do not often talk about the physical form of scholarly books, but this one is a joy to hold. It is also a useful object, containing an appendix on trans and genderqueer terminology, language, and usage that serves as an important snapshot of how to talk about gender in the early twenty-first century and should prove enormously useful to those just coming to explore trans studies. [...] With this kind of work in the offering, the future of the profession has a chance to be as wonderful as this collection."
- Masha Raskolnikov, The Medieval Review22.03.10 (2022)
"The inspiring volume is a must-read for all scholars working with religion and history. Most importantly, it is an admirable effort to dismantle cis-heteronormative conceptions of the Middle Ages (propagated alarmingly by white supremacist groups). [...] The volume is of the utmost importance for the trans and genderqueer people of today, as it is in essence a serious academic endeavour to imagine a transgender past and, thus, offer a sense of historical belonging."
- Rose-Marie Peake, Mirator 1/21 (2021)
"By establishing transness as holy, the authors are not only working to put trans and genderqueer subjects back into the narrative of history, but at its center. Transness is being rewritten as something beautiful and divine."
- - Milo, What Lives Here Now blog (2021)
"In this important volume, Alicia Spencer-Hall and Blake Gutt bring together
scholarship that rethinks, in creatively productive ways, how gender figures
in medieval representations of sainthood and sanctity. [...] All the varied scholarship collected here is excellent, and the volume as a whole mounts a persuasive and invigorating argument about the importance of attending to trans and genderqueer texts and experiences in the Middle Ages."
- Steven F. Kruger, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures
"Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography is an excellent collection that, by offering a platform for both new and established scholars to revisit their earlier assessments of medieval texts, offers an understanding of the
past predicated upon the need for a more just future."
- Alexander Flores, Comitatus, Vol. 53, 2022
"This collection is important and timely... [M]any of us are seeking ways of incorporating trans and nonbinary stories into our scholarship and teaching, and the examples in this collection provide excellent models for it. As the editors assert in their introduction, the need for such inclusion is not solely for the sake of academic integrity but carries weight in contemporary public discussions and affords the promise that trans and nonbinary folk might see themselves in the past."
-Mathew Kuefler, EMW, Vol. 17, No. 2, Spring 2023