Coloring Outside the Lines: Explorations in Text and Pattern

Thu. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904


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Jane Alison (Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative) and Lois Farfel Stark (The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times) explore the joys of breaking the bounds of their chosen media, the narrative and the image, to challenge our conventional understandings of history, art and form. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“[Meander, Spiral, Explore is a] boundlessly inventive look at narrative form . . . It would do a disservice to this work to pigeonhole it as ‘literary criticism’; the study is filled with clarity and wit, underlain with formidable erudition.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Venturing into the world of narrative theory, [Alison] takes a personal and idiosyncratic approach . . . For readers interested in literary theory, Alison does a great job making it palatable.” ―Kirkus Reviews

”Stark allows images to form their own story. This book will be a lot of fun. It will start conversations. It will delight both the eye and the mind.” —John H Lienhard, commentator, NPR; author, Inventing Modern

”Lois Stark’s committed intelligence brings pictures and stories to life and enables people to see and interpret the world with an enlightened perspective that is increasingly rare in this fragmented and scattered society. Watching her ‘connect the dots’ is a great learning experience. Stark brings words and pictures full of common sense but confronting the most complex challenges. She presents ideas of extraordinary value to artists, businessmen, and scientists.” —Barry Munitz, former president and CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust