New Perspectives on the History of Facial Hair

Framing the Face

  • Jennifer Evans
  • Alun Withey

Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Alun Withey, Jennifer Evans
    Pages 1-11
  3. (Re)Building the Beard?

  4. Masculinity and the Moustache

  5. Feminine Facial Hair and Feminine Responses to Facial Hair

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-249

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.


Masculinity Beards Medicine Moustaches Fashion

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer Evans
    • 1
  • Alun Withey
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HertfordshireHatfieldUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73496-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73497-2
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