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14 | 2015
La couleur

Entre silence et éloquence
Color: Between Silence and Eloquence
Edited by Laurence Petit and Murielle Philippe

“Color is the material in, or rather of, painting, the irreducible component of representation that escapes the hegemony of language, the pure expressivity of a silent visibility that constitutes the image as such” (Jacqueline Lichtenstein, The Eloquence of Color). Following up on the analysis of text-and-image relationships, this new issue of Polysemes focuses on the role of color in literary texts, by taking the question of meaning and representation down to its very limits, the ineffable. Why study color in texts? Why ask the question all over again? What do the texts under study in this issue tell us about color, in parallel or in contrast with writings about art and what do the words expressing color tell us about literary texts? About literature? As a trace irreducible to language, a mark, a spot, or a flash of light which resists both verbalization and the capture of the gaze, color makes the textual work of art oscillate between form and lack of form, between the figurative and the figural, the visible and the invisible, the readable and the unreadable, between eloquence and silence.

Editor's notes

Ce numéro de Polysèmes est paru initialement à l'adresse : http://sait-france.org/la-revue-polysemes

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