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By Galia Ofek

Galia Ofek's wide-ranging examine elucidates the historic, creative, literary, and theoretical meanings of the Victorians' preoccupation with hair. Victorian writers and artists, Ofek argues, had a well-developed knowledge of fetishism as an overinvestment of worth in a selected physique half and have been totally cognizant of hair's symbolic resonance and its worth as an item of trade. specifically, they have been more and more alert to the symbolic value of hairstyling. one of 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 means of analyzing fiction, poetry, anthropological and medical works, newspaper reports and ads, correspondence, jewelry, work, and cartoons, Ofek indicates how altering styles of energy family among girls and patriarchy are rendered anew whilst considered in the course of the lens of Victorian hair codes and imagery in the course of the moment half the 19th century.

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