Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China

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Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China
Authors: Craig Clunas
Year: 1996
Publisher: Duke University Press
Language: english
ISBN 13: 9780822318002
ISBN 10: 822318008
Categorie: Arts, Architecture
Pages: 240 / 242
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Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China Craig Clunas
Gardens are sites that can be at one and the same time admired works of art and valuable pieces of real estate. As the first account in English to be wholly based on contemporary Chinese sources, this innovative, beautifully illustrated book grounds the practices of garden-making in Ming Dynasty China (1368-1644) firmly in the social and cultural history of the day. Who owned gardens? Who visited them? How were they represented in words, in paintings, and in visual culture generally, and what meanings did these representations hold at different levels of Chinese society? How did the discourse of gardens intersect with other discourses such as those of aesthetics, agronomy, geomancy, and botany? By examining the gardens of the city of Suzhou from a number of different angles, Craig Clunas provides a rich picture of a complex cultural phenomenon, one that was of crucial importance to the self-fashioning of the Ming elite. Drawing on a wide range of recent work in cultural theory, the author provides for the first time a historical and materialist account of Chinese garden culture, and replaces broad generalizations and orientalist fantasy with a convincing picture of the garden’s role in social life.
Categories:
Arts – Architecture
Year:
1996
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Language:
english
Pages:
24 242
ISBN 10:
0822318008
ISBN 13:
9780822318002
File:
299 MB

ISBN

9780822318002

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