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Cultures of Colour: Visual, Material, Textual

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Cultures of Colour

Visual, Material, Textual

Edited by Chris Horrocks

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196 pages, bibliog., index

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The anthology forms part of a critical yet visionary tradition of interdisciplinary studies on colour. [It] shows that much is to be gained by analyzing colour beyond the symbolic. of a collection…and [by] moving beyond entrenched binaries.”  ·  Journal of Design History


Colour permeates contemporary visual and material culture and affects our senses beyond the superficial encounter by infiltrating our perceptions and memories and becoming deeply rooted in thought processes that categorise and divide along culturally constructed lines. Colour exists as a cultural as well as psycho-physical phenomenon and acquires a multitude of meanings within differing historical and cultural contexts. The contributors examine how colour becomes imbued with specific symbolic and material meanings that tint our constructions of race, gender, ideal bodies, the relationship of the self to others and of the self to technology and the built environment. By highlighting the relationship of colour across media and material culture, this volume reveals the complex interplay of cultural connotations, discursive practices and socio-psychological dynamics of colour in an international context.

Chris Horrocks is Principal Lecturer in Art History at Kingston University. His publications include Marshall McLuhan and Virtuality (2000), Baudrillard and the Millennium (1999), Introducing Foucault (with Zoran Jevtic, 1997), and Tokyo GlamRock (edited, 2002).

Subject: General Cultural Studies



Introduction: Beyond the Language of Colour
Chris Horrocks


Chapter 1. Ad Reinhardt: ‘Colour Blinds’
Michael Corris

Chapter 2. The Eye Is a Sphincter (Who’s Afraid of the Postmodern Monochrome?)
Antony Hudek

Chapter 3. Colour Soundings: After the Tone of Francis Bacon
Nicholas Chare

Chapter 4. Capturing the Ephemeral. Colour as a Bridge between Art and Science
Mary Pearce


Chapter 5. Colour in Gardens: a question of class or gender?
Beverley Lear

Chapter 6. Critical Remarks on the Colour/Form Relation: Creating a Middle Ground
Kiki Karatheodoris

Chapter 7. Heidegger’s Pixel: Digital Colour as ‘Standing Reserve’
Chris Horrocks

Chapter 8. The Disillusion of the Image: Cinematography, Colour, Sound and Desire
Liz Watkins


Chapter 9. Chromatic Ambivalence: Colouring the Albino
Charlotte Baker

Chapter 10. Toussaint Louverture and Haitian Historiography: A Pigmentocratic Approach
Charles Forsdick

Chapter 11. “Linda Morenita”: Skin Colour, Beauty and the Politics of Mestizaje in Mexico
Monica Moreno


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