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Novum Jus

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HERNANDEZ, Jeice  and  OLIVEROS AYA, César. Color in Fairy tales and Human Rights: Color Transversality behind Narrative, Alice, and Snow White. Novum Jus [online]. 2023, vol.17, n.2, pp.301-328.  Epub Nov 26, 2023. ISSN 1692-6013.

This article analyzes the use of color in illustrations and images from classic fairy tales and their relationship with human rights, introducing the concept of color transversality as a tool to understand the chromatic narrative as a means of conveying ideas in these types of images. These stories belong to popular culture with pedagogical purposes that are often no longer applicable to the new reality. By perpetuating messages from the past, these stories teach relationships and concepts that are no longer applicable or should not be considered from a legal perspective when we consider human rights. This study uses the images of Disney's 1937 Snow White and 1951 Alice in Wonderland as references. The color in these images is analyzed through their social associations and meanings, conducting an exploratory and holistic investigation that includes an aesthetic, artistic, social, and legal perspective. The study proposes a flow of color information through chromatic relationships and connections generated through color transversality over time affecting how we perceive society and how we relate to it. In recent decades, visual readings of these stories have retained some colored messages related to their original meanings. These meanings can emphasize or attenuate perceptions that can alter our vision of some of the fundamental pillars of our society, such as human rights to equality or freedom, among others. This article exemplifies how the chromatology of illustrations in these types of stories has its narrative that can affect our view of society. Using color transversality, it proposes a reflection on the context of the image and its chromatic impact in the 21st century.

Keywords : Color; perception; human rights; classic stories; color transversality; Alice in Wonderland; Snow White.

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