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Coiffures Hair in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture

Rifelj, Carol

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ISBN 10: 1611491487 / ISBN 13: 9781611491487
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover. Light surface wear to DJ. Overall, a clean and tight copy to add to a collection or read and enjoy. University of Delaware, 2010. Fine Book in Near Fine Dust Jacket. Dust Jacket protected with a new archival cover. Bubble wrapped and shipped promptly in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 708207

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Title: Coiffures Hair in Nineteenth-Century French ...

Binding: Hardcover; First Impression

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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Balzac claimed that toilettes were the expression of society. Coiffures describes the historical and cultural practices associated with women's hairstyles, hair care, and hair art in nineteenth-century France. Hair also has profound symbolic significance. Lying on the border between life and death, it grows, but does not feel. It marks sexual identity; it can be wild and erotic or tamed and made docile by hairdressing. Literary works are inevitably informed by social and cultural practices, and those of the period make extensive use of the meanings of hair. The Realist novelists in particular devote great attention to the physical traits and dress of their characters, and hair is often a key element in their descriptions and plots. Coiffures shows how a wide range of literary works incorporate the manifold aspects of hair, and it examines particular texts in detail, including works by Balzac, Sand, Flaubert, Zola, Gautier, Maupassant, and Rodenbach.

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Carol Rifelj was a professor of French at Middlebury College.

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