Book Chapters

The bolded identifiers of each document link to the encoded transcriptions and translations. The facsimile images link to the original documents.


“Il et Elle”

In 1939 Hélène Allatini (Elena Rossini in the narrative) published her memoir Mosaïques, with an informative and delightful chapter on Lili Elbe (“Il et Elle”) that confirms elements of Elbe’s life narrative and contours the image of Lili presented there. Here you will find scanned images of the original, and an encoded transcription and English translation of this chapter. (The memoir in its entirety can be found under Books.) The edition presented here is from a private collection. Another version of the translation was published in Feminist Modernist Studies in March 2019 and a PDF is provided below.

Le Sexe Inconnu

“La Manie Androgyne”

Magnus Hirschfeld’s Le Sexe Inconnu was published in 1935. Chapter XII, "La Manie Androgyne," includes a discussion of Lili Elbe. As with Allatini’s chapter, it has been scanned, transcribed, encoded, and translated into English. The edition presented here is from the University of Notre Dame Library.