Grasping Shadows: The Dark Side of Literature, Painting, by William Chapman Sharpe

By William Chapman Sharpe

what is in a shadow? risk, seduction, or salvation? Immaterial yet profound, shadows lurk in all places in literature and the visible arts, signifying every little thing from the treachery of appearances to the unfathomable strength of God. From Plato to Picasso, from Rembrandt to Welles and Warhol, from Lord of the jewelry to the most recent online game, shadows act as significant gamers within the drama of Western culture.

Yet simply because they paintings silently, inventive shadows frequently slip ignored earlier audiences and critics. Conceived as an obtainable advent to this elusive phenomenon, Grasping Shadows is the 1st e-book that provides a common concept of the way all shadows functionality in texts and visible media. Arguing that shadow pictures take form inside of a typical cultural box the place visible and verbal meanings overlap, William Sharpe levels extensively between vintage and glossy works, revealing the foremost motifs that hyperlink it seems that disparate works corresponding to these by way of Fra Angelico and James Joyce, Clementina Hawarden and Kara Walker, Charles Dickens and Kumi Yamashita.

Showing how real-world shadows have formed the meanings of shadow imagery, greedy Shadows publications the reader during the strategies utilized by writers and artists to symbolize shadows from the Renaissance onward. The final bankruptcy strains how shadows effect the paintings of the fashionable urban, from Renoir and Zola to movie noir and projection platforms that seize the shadows of passers-by on streets all over the world. Extending his research to modern road artwork, renowned songs, billboards, and shadow-theatre, Sharpe demonstrates a realistic technique to clutch the "dark aspect" that looms throughout us.

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