Staging Gender and "Hairy Signs": Representing Dorothy Jordan's Curls

  title={Staging Gender and "Hairy Signs": Representing Dorothy Jordan's Curls},
  author={Gillian Hutchinson Perry},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Studies},
  pages={145 - 163}
  • G. Perry
  • Published 11 October 2004
  • Art
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
This essay explores the complex signifying power of hair in visual and written representations of the eighteenth-century actress, concentrating on painted, graphic, sculpted, and literary portraits of Dorothy Jordan (1761­1861). It is argued that representations of Jordan's coiffured, flowing, or disheveled curls carried important symbolic, cultural and gendered meanings for her contemporary audience. The essay examines the different ways in which images of the actress and her famous curls, on… 
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