As a color, black comes in no other shades: it is a single hue with no variation, one half of a dichotomy. But what it symbolizes envelops the entire spectrum of meaning—good and bad. The Story of Black travels back to the biblical and classical eras to explore the ambiguous relationship the world’s cultures have had with this sometimes accursed color, examining how black has been used as a tool and a metaphor in a plethora of startling ways. John Harvey delves into the color’s problematic association with race, observing how white Europeans exploited the negative associations people had with the color to enslave millions of black Africans. He then looks at the many figurative meanings of black—for instance, the Greek word melancholia, or black bile, which defines our dark moods, and the ancient Egyptians’ use of black as the color of death, which led to it becoming the standard hue for funereal garb and the clothing of priests, churches, and cults. Considering the innate austerity and gravity of black, Harvey reveals how it also became the color of choice for the robes of merchants, lawyers, and monarchs before gaining popularity with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century dandies and with Goths and other subcultures today. Finally, he looks at how artists and designers have applied the color to their work, from the earliest cave paintings to Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Rothko. Asking how a single color can at once embody death, evil, and glamour, The Story of Black unearths the secret behind black’s continuing power to compel and divide us.
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John Harvey is a novelist and critic. He has taught for the University of Cambridge English Faculty since 1974 and in 2000 became University Reader in Literature and Visual Culture. He is a Life Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is the author of Men in Black, also published by Reaktion Books.Review:
“A richly informative treat, with curiosities culled from a very wide range of sources, and written with unostentatious elegance . . . [Harvey] casts his net wide, taking his story as far back as prehistory and across areas of interest that seldom come together within the same covers: art history, religion (particularly Christianity and Islam), anthropology, literature, fashion, heraldry, geology, and politics. . . . This is a book to instruct and delight.” (Literary Review)
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Descripción Reaktion Books, United Kingdom, 2013. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. The Greek word melancholia (literally meaning black bile ) defines our sense of depression and black moods. Yet the little black dress is the epitome of chic and has positive meanings. From ancient and classical times to today black has been used as a symbol, a tool and a metaphor in a plethora of startling and often problematic ways. The Story of Black is an exploration of our ambiguous relationship with this most accursed of colours throughout cultures worldwide. The ancient Egyptians used black as their colour of death, becoming the standard garb for millennia of priests of myriad churches and cults. The innate austerity and gravity of black has made it a perennial choice for the robes of merchants, lawyers and even monarchs. Conversely black gained popularity with the Dandies of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and in the street-fashions and subcultures of our present time. Artists and designers have always been fascinated with the use of black; from the earliest cave paintings, to Caravaggio and Rembrandt s bold use of darkness and on to Rothko s imposing canvasses, black as definition or absence has always been central to our representative traditions. White Europeans association of the colour with negativity, evil and the other aided and fuelled the enslavement of millions of black Africans. What is the secret of the continuing power of black to fascinate, compel and divide? How can a single colour embody such disparate values as evil, death, chic, and glamour? The Story of Black skilfully unpicks the social, political, aesthetic and sexual nuances of black throughout the ages. Nº de ref. de la librería BTE9781780230849
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