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On Blondes (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Joanna Pitman

On Blondes (Hardcover, illustrated edition)

Joanna Pitman

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Gentlemen prefer them. They do have more fun. Bimbos, screen goddesses, sexy sirens or pure angels - just what is about blondes? Though it's been in and out of fashion, yellow hair has provoked a profound reaction in man since ancient times, and women have gone to enormous (and sometimes painful) lengths to be blonde. Until now, however, little serious study has been devoted to the blonde through history. Filling this void, Joanna Pitman, photography critic for The Times, surveys the impact, appreciation and representation of the blonde from classical Greece to the present day. Pitman was inspired to research this, her first book, by her own experience as a pseudo-blonde. When her hair was bleached by the sun in Africa she was hailed as something of an angel, and was thought to have healing powers. Later, she dyed her hair blonde and observed the effect on others, which was indeed dramatic. Here she casts her intelligent eye at women of power from Aphrodite, the Virgin Mary, Petrarch's Laura and Queen Elizabeth I, to courtesans of various ages, Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana. How blondes have been perceived by the creators of literature, art, myth and film - who are predominantly male - is chronicled in lucid detail. Blondes emerge as dangerous, youthful, sexual, corrupting, pure, powerful, alluring, by turns tawdry and innocent, but above all attractive. Pitman's chronological survey is readable and erudite, taking in blonde archetypes from Eve to Madonna, and will be enjoyed by everyone puzzled by this powerful cultural motif. (Kirkus UK)
In art and literature, in history and popular culture, blonde has never been a mere colour. For two-and-a-half thousand years, it has been a blazing signal in code, signifying beauty, power and status. To feed this obsession entire industries have developed, influential trends set. From Greek prostitutes mimicking the golden-haired Aphrodite, to the Californian beach babe; from pigeon-dung and saffron dyes to L'Oreal - because you're worth it - we see the lengths to which women will go to become blonde. The power and duality of the blonde as either erotic symbol or saintly virgin waxes and wanes but never disappears. By looking at the world through the prism of what it is to be blonde, or make oneself blonde, we are drawn into an intriguing portrait of the world. Why is it that blondes rose to prominence in Hollywood and Nazi Germany at the same time? Why do young Japanese women today want to be blonde? Weaving a story rich in anecdote, history and high intrigue, Joanna Pitman effortlessly combines the wealth of her knowledge with a sharp and clear-sighted view of the power of the blonde throughout the ages.


Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 2003
Authors: Joanna Pitman
Dimensions: 198 x 129mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Edition: illustrated edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-7475-6076-0
Categories: Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 0-7475-6076-5
Barcode: 9780747560760

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