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234 × 156 mm
208 pages
59 colour illustrations
01 Jun 2019
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Blue Mythologies Reflections on a Colour Carol Mavor

The sea, the sky, the veins of your hands, the earth itself when photographed from space . . . blue sometimes seems to overwhelm all the other shades of our world in its allencompassing presence. The blues of Blue Mythologies include those present in the world’s religions, a robin’s egg, science, slavery, gender, sex, art, literature and contemporary film. Carol Mavor’s engaging and elegiac readings in this beautifully illustrated book are at once sociological, literary, historical and visual, taking the reader from the blue of a newborn baby’s eyes to Giotto’s frescoes at Padua, and from the films of Derek Jarman and Krzysztof Kie´slowski to the islands of Venice and Aran. In Blue Mythologies Mavor unpicks meaning both above and below the surface of culture, giving us a fresh and contemplative look into the traditions, tales and connotations of those somethings blue.

‘Blue, in Mavor’s vertiginous essay, is not so much an object of art-historical analysis as an energy or atmosphere, the very mood in which [Mavor] thinks and writes.’ – Brian Dillon

‘Mavor is at her somersaulting best, moving effortlessly between disciplines.’ – Los Angeles Review of Books

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Carol Mavor is Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Manchester. She has published widely on photography, cinema, colour and childhood. Her books include Aurelia: Art and Literature through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale (Reaktion, 2017).