Date of Award

Fall 2013

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Farid Azfar

Second Advisor

Bruce Dorsey


This paper analyzes three seventeenth century English ballads in order to understand the complex factors that contributed to the views and understandings surrounding hair. It was around this time that the view of men and women’s bodies as inversions of each other was beginning to change. The construction of hair in the examined ballads supports the presence of this change.