Representations of Hair in Victorian Literature and Culture

Representations of Hair in Victorian Literature and Culture

by Galia Ofek
     
 

ISBN-10: 075466161X

ISBN-13: 9780754661610

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Galia Ofek's wide-ranging study elucidates the historical, artistic, literary, and theoretical meanings of the Victorians' preoccupation with hair. Victorian writers and artists, Ofek argues, had a well-developed awareness of fetishism as an overinvestment of value in a specific body part and were fully cognizant of hair's symbolic resonance and its value as an object

Overview

Galia Ofek's wide-ranging study elucidates the historical, artistic, literary, and theoretical meanings of the Victorians' preoccupation with hair. Victorian writers and artists, Ofek argues, had a well-developed awareness of fetishism as an overinvestment of value in a specific body part and were fully cognizant of hair's symbolic resonance and its value as an object of commerce. In particular, they were increasingly alert to the symbolic significance of hairstyling. Among the writers and artists Ofek considers are Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Margaret Oliphant, Charles Darwin, Anthony Trollope, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Eliza Lynn Linton, Mary
Elizabeth Braddon, Herbert Spencer, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and Aubrey Beardsley. By examining fiction, poetry, anthropological and scientific works, newspaper reviews and advertisements, correspondence, jewellery, paintings, and cartoons, Ofek shows how changing patterns of power relations between women and patriarchy are rendered anew when viewed through the lens of Victorian hair codes and imagery during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754661610
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
846,196
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Hair theorized; Hair fetishized in Victorian culture; Hair domesticated by male novelists; Hair fashioned by women authors; Sensational hair; Funny hair; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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