On Color David Kastan, Stephen Farthing

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
29 May 2018
ISBN:
9780300171877
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
224 pages: 197 x 152mm
Illustrations:
47 color illus.

Our lives are saturated by color. We live in a world of colors, and color marks our psychological and social existence. But for all color’s inescapability, we don’t know much about it. 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, investigate color from numerous perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, philosophical, art historical, political, and scientific. In ten 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 is a remarkably smart, entertaining, and fascinating guide to this elusive topic.

David Scott Kastan is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University. He lives in New York City and New Haven, CT. 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.

On Color is a deliciously readable, gloriously illumined work of meditation and exploration, written in high resolution.”—Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
 

“On Color changes how we see the world.”—James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare