Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Final Project Proposal

Final Project Proposal


This websites goes into detail how various colors have an effect on people’s emotions. It also explains the “Color Theory”, why certain colors are commonly used together and the effect or perception they give off together.

2.     2.) Gage, John Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism

The phenomenon of color is examined in new ways in this informative book. The author’s conviction that “color is a contingent, historical occurrence whose meaning, like language, lies in the particular contexts in which it is experienced and interpreted” is explored.

 3.) Gage, John Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction 
Color is fundamental to life and art yet so diverse that it has seldom been studied in a comprehensive way. This ground-breaking analysis of color in Western culture from the ancient Greeks to the late twentieth century is an enlightening read. The first theories of color articulated by philosophers from Democritus to Aristotle and the subsequent attempts by the Romans and their Renaissance disciples to organize color systematically or endow it with symbolic power.


For my final project I have chosen to revisit my second revision for Jimmy Corrigan, “Images in Jimmy Corrigan”. My argument will somewhat remain the same, I am arguing how influential the illustrations (more specifically the colors used in the illustrations) work together in opening up a new dimension for the reader. This time I will include research about how color is interpreted, where it developed from and how different societies and cultures view color itself. In my previous blogs about Images in Jimmy Corrigan, I have failed to truly connect the impact of color to my thesis, this time around I will answer the necessary questions to make my argument concrete:

  • ·         Why does the color in Jimmy Corrigan play such a significant role?
  • ·         What is Ware trying to signal to his readers?
  •           How does color change our opinion on certain parts of the novel?
  • ·         How does the absence of color make us feel?
  • ·         Are colors more significant in certain areas of the book compared to others?


Ware decided to make this novel as a comic book, that fact alone should tell the readers that the illustrations (color) are important. I truly believe that this story would not and could not carry the same effect had it been a typical typed novel. Comic books consist of many panels were each panel is supposed to represent a scene. Minimum textual narration is used because the pictures are meant to do a majority of the talking. I think that placing a novel plot line inside a comic book format is a rare writing technique that probably confuses and frustrates many. On the bright side, if the reader is patient and faithful, the confusion eventually turns to comprehension and the frustration transforms into appreciation from Ware.

My previous revisions have hit on a pretty general level whereas this revision will pin point more specifics, backed up from research from the above sources. Introducing how colors affect different cultures and how color was developed should be a beneficial point to help prove my argument. I plan to keep the idea of using certain panels and scenes to relate my argument back to textual evidence. I plan to use appropriate panels that help support and possibly answer the questions I listed in my argument section above.

1 comment:

Adam said...

This sounds like a good approach. Your research is good (although if it's really going to be research-focused - and it reads like it might be - you might be better off using even more research - but then I don't know the quality of your sources, so you might be fine).

Your 2nd revision had a lot of potential - some fulfilled, some unfulfilled - so I'm happy to see you pursue it farther, and in this more precise way. The big challenge here will be striking the right balance - you're presenting some presumably complex research, and you're interpreting Jimmy Corrigan, *and* (most of all) you're showing how your research on how we respond to color gives us new insight into Jimmy Corrigan. I do like the topic and your approach - making that connecting between your research and the actual interpretation of the book will be the most challenging and most interesting part.