Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China
By (author) Craig Clunas
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Fruitful Sites by Craig Clunas
Book DescriptionGardens 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 beautifully illustrated book grounds the practices of garden-making in Ming Dynasty China (1369-1644) 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? Drawing on a wide range of recent work in cultural theory, Craig Clunas 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780948462887
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 26-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Craig Clunas
Ming, Paperback (September 2014)
By focusing on the significant years of the early Ming dynasty and through the themes of court people and their lives, developments in culture, the military, religion, diplomacy and trade, this book brings the wider history of this period to colourful life.
Empire of Great Brightness, Paperback (July 2009)
Presents history of a high point in Chinese culture, seen through the riches of its images and objects. This title introduces the reader to themes that provide original points of entry to the culture of China: to ideas of motion and rest and to the position occupied by writing and objects featuring writing.
Art in China, Paperback (February 2009)» View all books by Craig Clunas
A beautifully illustrated new edition of the ultimate single-volume guide to the history of art in China, from neolithic times to the 21st century
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Author Biography - Craig Clunas
Craig Clunas is Percival David Chair of Chinese Art at SOAS, London. He has published extensively on the culture of the Ming period and is the author of Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China (Reaktion, 1997) and Elegant Debts: The Social Art of Wen Zhengming (Reaktion, 2004).
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