RAYURES - Michel Pastoureau

A cultural history

Éditions du Seuil -

160 pages.


By examining the long history of the Western stripe, Michel Pastoureau examines the origin, status and functioning of visual codes within a given society. What is an infamous mark? A sign of exclusion? Why do striped surfaces look better than plain ones? Is this true all over the world? Is this a neurobiological fact or a cultural problem?

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