Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture

Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture

by Bruce R. Smith
     
 

From Shakespeare’s “green-eyed monster” to the “green thought in a green shade” in Andrew Marvell’s “The Garden,” the color green was curiously prominent and resonant in English culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Among other things, green was the most common color of household goods, the recommended

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From Shakespeare’s “green-eyed monster” to the “green thought in a green shade” in Andrew Marvell’s “The Garden,” the color green was curiously prominent and resonant in English culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Among other things, green was the most common color of household goods, the recommended wall color against which to view paintings, the hue that was supposed to appear in alchemical processes at the moment base metal turned to gold, and the color most frequently associated with human passions of all sorts. A unique cultural history, The Key of Green considers the significance of the color in the literature, visual arts, and popular culture of early modern England.
Contending that color is a matter of both sensation and emotion, Bruce R. Smith examines Renaissance material culture—including tapestries, clothing, and stonework, among others—as well as music, theater, philosophy, and nature through the lens of sense perception and aesthetic pleasure. At the same time, Smith offers a highly sophisticated meditation on the nature of consciousness, perception, and emotion that will resonate with students and scholars of the early modern period and beyond. Like the key to a map, The Key of Green provides a guide for looking, listening, reading, and thinking that restores the aesthetic considerations to criticism that have been missing for too long.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226763781
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction                              About Green
Chapter One                            Light at 500–510 Nanometers and the Seventeenth-Century Crisis of Consciousness
Chapter Two                           Green Stuff
Chapter Three                          Between Black and White
Chapter Four                           Green Spectacles
Chapter Five                            Listening for Green
Chapter Six                              The Curtain between The Theatre and The Globe
Afterword                                Coloring Books
 
Notes
Index

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