Without paint or brush, how do writers create colored pictures in our imaginations? How do our brains process the colorfully descriptive passages we find in great works of literature? Engaging both the tools of literary scholarship and discoveries from contemporary neuroscience, Elaine Scarry will discuss how writers like Proust and Murasaki bring colors into the worlds they create and project them onto the “mental retinas” of their readers. Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard University and was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center in 1979-80.
Home Imagining Color: Color Threads in Proust and Murasaki by Elaine Scarry