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The Culture of Yellow: Or, The Visual Politics of Late Modernity (Hardback)
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The Culture of Yellow: Or, The Visual Politics of Late Modernity (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 21/11/2013
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This is the first book to explore the cultural significance of the color yellow, showing how its psychological and aesthetic value marked and shaped many of the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of late modernity. It contends that yellow functions during this period primarily as a color of stigma and scandal. Yellow stigmatization has had a long history: it goes back to the Middle Ages when Jews and prostitutes were forced to wear yellow signs to emphasize their marginal status. Although scholars have commented on these associations in particular contexts, Sabine Doran offers the first overarching account of how yellow connects disparate cultural phenomena, such as turn-of-the-century decadence (the "yellow nineties"), the rise of mass media ("yellow journalism"), mass immigration from Asia ("the yellow peril"), and mass stigmatization (the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany). The Culture of Yellow combines cultural history with innovative readings of literary texts and visual artworks, providing a multilayered account of the unique role played by the color yellow in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European culture.

Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781441184443
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 409 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
What do Vincent Van Gogh, Aubrey Beardsley, Oscar Wilde, Tristan Corbiere, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Virginia Woolf, and Marcel Proust all have in common? Yellow! Through yellow-tinted lenses, Sabine Doran's brilliant and wonderfully suggestive book uncovers the cultural unconscious of late modernity-in all its glory and abjection, its epiphanic radiance and indelible stigmata. -- Jean-Michel Rabate, Vartan Gregorian Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and Managing Editor of the Journal of Modern Literature
In this fascinating book, Sabine Doran invites us to contemplate the amazing variety of uses and meanings the color yellow has acquired in its long history and particularly in the late modern period. This is not just a compendium of literary and artistic cases in which yellow takes on a powerful significance. It also offers a telling critique of cultural color theory and conceptions of color symbolism that will be inspiring to scholars in many fields. -- W. J. T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of Art History and English, University of Chicago, USA, editor of Critical Inquiry

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