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Red: A History of the Redhead

Red: A History of the Redhead

  • Title: Red: A History of the Redhead
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  • ISBN : 9781579129965
  • Format : Hardcover
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  • Page : 240 pages


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, au 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


Author Jacky Colliss Harvey

Jacky Colliss Harvey was born in the wilds of Suffolk, and grew up surrounded by farms and animals She studied English at Cambridge University and art history at the Courtauld Institute, and putting those two together, went on to a career in the museum world as a writer, editor and publisher At the same time, her red hair also found her an alternative career as a life model and a film extra, pla




Red: A History of the Redhead Reviews (31)

  • I learned a lot about red hair and the history of redheads Amongst other things, I learned the Lucille Ball was not a natural redhead Gasp And I disagree with Harvey artificial redheads do not count as redheads If the person is coloring his or her hair to retain the red color of youth, that counts, [..]

  • I think that Red A History may be aptly titled Red A Memoir The author included some scientific and anthropological evidence, but none was backed up and most was anecdotal Don t get me wrong, as a redhead I enjoyed hearing her take However, I wouldn t consider it an authoritative source of our shar [..]

  • I picked up this book purely on a whim I have a few red haired people in my life so I thought it would be an interesting read And, a couple of years ago, before making THE BIG DECISION I read a book about going gray If nothing else, I do want to be an equal opportunity reader The study of ha [..]

  • There were many things that I found wrong with this book, and I don t know where to begin So let me just start off with a quick summary of the book.Red is about exploring the history of red hair I myself am a very proud redhead , and the first problem that I had with the book was the fact that, whil [..]

  • What an odd book, which wasn t at all what I expected from the title or the cover This book is a total mishmash, both of substance and style There s some, but precious little, actual history here What little is there is interesting, if a bit under sourced The rest of the book is assembled pell mell [..]

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