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Genders and Sexualities in History

New Perspectives on the History of Facial Hair

Framing the Face

Editors: Evans, Jennifer, Withey, Alun (Eds.)

  • Offers the first survey of the history of facial hair across both time and geographical space
  • Provides new insights into the male body and manliness in different time periods, contexts and societies
  • Utilises innovative, cross-disciplinary approaches to the history of facial hair
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About this book

This volume brings together a range of scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to re-examine the histories of facial hair and its place in discussions of gender, the military, travel and art, amongst others. Chapters in the first section of the collection explore the intricate history of beard wearing and shaving, including facial hair fashions in long historical perspective, and the depiction of beards in portraiture. Section Two explores the shifting meanings of the moustache, both as a manly symbol in the nineteenth century, and also as the focus of the material culture of personal grooming. The final section of the collection charts the often-complex relationship between men, women and facial hair. It explores how women used facial hair to appropriate masculine identity, and how women’s own hair was read as a sign of excessive and illicit sexuality.

About the authors

Jennifer Evans is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Her research focuses on the body, gender and medicine in the seventeenth century. She is currently working on a project exploring men’s sexual health in the seventeenth century. Recent publications include Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century (Palgrave, 2017), co-edited with Ciara Meehan. 

Alun Withey is Wellcome Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Exeter, UK. An historian of early modern medicine and the body, he is currently working on a major research project on the history of facial hair in Britain. Recent publications include Technology, Self-Fashioning and Politeness in Eighteenth-century Britain (Palgrave, 2015).

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Withey, Alun (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Social Science, Gender Theory and the History of Hair

    Oldstone-Moore, Christopher

    Pages 15-32

  • ‘The Very Head and Front of My Offending’: Beards, Portraiture and Self-Presentation in Early Modern England

    Pelling, Margaret

    Pages 33-67

  • Hair, Beards and the Fashioning of English Manhood in Early Modern Travel Texts

    Rycroft, Eleanor

    Pages 69-89

  • Beardless Young Men? Facial Hair and the Construction of Masculinity in Nineteenth-Century Spanish Self-Portraits

    Cabezas, M. Victoria Alonso

    Pages 91-108

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73497-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-73496-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Perspectives on the History of Facial Hair
Book Subtitle
Framing the Face
Editors
  • Jennifer Evans
  • Alun Withey
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73497-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73497-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73496-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 249
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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