Red: A History of the Redhead

Red: A History of the Redhead

by Jacky Colliss Harvey


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Red is a brilliantly told, captivating history of red hair throughout the ages. A book that breaks new ground, dispels myths, and reinforces the special nature of being a redhead, with a look at multiple disciplines, including science, religion, politics, feminism and sexuality, literature, and art.

With an obsessive fascination that is as contagious as it is compelling, author Jacky Colliss Harvey (herself a redhead) begins her exploration of red hair in prehistory and traces the redhead gene as it made its way out of Africa with the early human diaspora to its emergence under Northern skies. She goes on to explore red hair in the ancient world; the prejudice manifested against red hair across medieval Europe; red hair during the Renaissance as both an indicator of Jewishness during the Inquisition and the height of fashion in Protestant England, under the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I; the modern age of art and literature, and the first positive symbols of red hair in children's characters; modern medicine and science and the genetic and chemical decoding of red hair; and finally, red hair in contemporary culture, from advertising and exploitation to "gingerism" and the new movement against bullying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579129965
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 240,688
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jacky Colliss Harvey is a writer and editor, and the author of Red: A History of the Redhead and My Life As A Redhead: A Journal. She studied English at Cambridge University and art history at the Courtauld Institute. She has worked in museum publishing and is a commentator and reviewer who speaks on the arts and their relation to popular culture. She divides her time between London and New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Way, Way Back, Many Centuries Ago 13

Chapter 2 Black and White and Red All Over 29

Chapter 3 Different for Girls 57

Chapter 4 The Excrement of the Head 89

Chapter 5 Sinners and Stunners 115

Chapter 6 Rapunzel, Rapunzel 145

Chapter 7 Freaks of Fashion 175

Chapter 8 Redhead Days 199

Reading for Redheads 219

Acknowledgments 221

Art and Photography Credits 222

Index 224

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