On Color

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 2018 - Art - 254 pages
Our lives are saturated by color. We live in a world of vivid colors, and color marks our psychological and social existence. But for all color's inescapability, we don't know much about it. Now authors David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing offer a fresh and imaginative exploration of one of the most intriguing and least understood aspects of everyday experience.

Kastan and Farthing, a scholar and a painter, respectively, investigate color from numerous perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, philosophical, art historical, political, and scientific. In ten lively and wide-ranging chapters, each devoted to a different color, they examine the various ways colors have shaped and continue to shape our social and moral imaginations. Each individual color becomes the focal point for a consideration of one of the extraordinary ways in which color appears and matters in our lives. Beautifully produced in full color, this book is a remarkably smart, entertaining, and fascinating guide to this elusive topic.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
1 Roses Are Red
20
2 Orange Is the New Brown
40
3 Yellow Perils
60
4 Mixed Greens
80
5 Moody Blues
98
6 Dyeing for Indigo
118
7 At the Violet Hour
136
8 Basic Black
156
9 White Lies
176
10 Gray Areas
194
Notes
215
Illustration Credits
239
Index
241
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David Scott Kastan, the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University, is one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare. Stephen Farthing is an artist, an elected member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and an Emeritus Fellow of St. Edmund Hall, the University of Oxford.

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