Pearl Publishes New Book, About Faces


About Faces: Physiognomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Harvard University Press, February 2010) is the new book by Sharrona Pearl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Through the lens of physiognomy – the study of facial features and their relationship to character – Professor Pearl describes how nineteenth-century Londoners looked at others and saw themselves, ultimately giving information self-consciously vis a vis the stage, through images, in print or on the street. This study of faces from a previous time reflects the manner in which individuals look at each other today.

“Sharrona Pearl's witty, incisive, and pathbreaking book uses 'physiognomy'--the scientific study of faces--to tell us about the ways that the nineteenth-century British understood their rapidly changing social world, one face and glance at a time," noted Alison Winter, author of Mesmerized: Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain.