Monday, June 29, 2015

Are Beards Over?

Are beards over?  This month, social media and lifestyle websites* are buzzing that the beard is done.  Here’s a little round-up of resources available at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library to help you learn about the history, cultural and critical analysis of the beard.  Perhaps the key to the beards future is its past.

Using art and photographs from the National Portrait Gallery in London, this fascinating books takes you on a history of facial hair. 

This book of essays provides critical theory and cultural commentary on the experience, importance and dynamic role of hair manipulation on our bodies and heads. 


Beards and Mustaches in Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion - available via Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Hair in Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: Volume 10 – Global Perspectives - available via Berg Fashion Library.

* Del Russo, M. (2015, June 11). The Internet Says Beards Are Out — & Hearts Break Everywhere.  Refinery29. Retrieved from

* Yi, D. (2015, June 10).  Sorry guys, beards are over. Mashable. Retrieved from

Posted on June 29, 2015 I Blog post by Lauren Gavin, M.L.S. (Technical Services/Reference Librarian)