Performance and Appropriation
Profane Rituals in Gardens and Landscapes
By (author) Michel Conan
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Performance and Appropriation by Michel Conan
Book DescriptionBreaking with the idea that gardens are places of indulgence and escapism, these studies of ritualised practices reveal that gardens in Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean have in fact made significant contributions to cultural change. This book demonstrates methods and the striking results of garden reception studies. The first section explores how cultural changes occur, and devotes chapters to public landscapes in the Netherlands, 17th-Century Parisian gardens, Freemason gardens in Tuscany, 19th Century Scottish kitchen gardens, and the public parks of Edo and modern Tokyo. The second part provides striking examples of construction of self in vernacular gardens in Guadeloupe and American Japanese-style gardens in California. Finally, the third section analyzes struggles for political change in gardens of Yuan China and modern Britain.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780884023135
(265mm x 240mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michel Conan
Landscape Manifesto, Hardback (September 2010)
Makes the case for landscape as an art. This book presents the author's most complete vision yet of the theory and practice of urban landscape design as a discipline that combines the science of ecology with the formal aspects of aesthetics. It also includes discussions of urban ecology, and environmentally beneficial building techniques.
Gardens, City Life, and Culture, Paperback (June 2008)
Considering various cities, this book presents the different roles of gardens in cultural development and social life. It examines the dire lack of a municipal garden policy in contemporary Marrakech.
Gardens and Cultural Change, Paperback (February 2008)» View all books by Michel Conan
Explores the variety of relationships between garden making and cultural change in Argentina, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States. This book shows how gardens express cultural invention and attempts at political manipulation, as well as provide places of cultural resistance by subjugated people.
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Author Biography - Michel Conan
Michel Conan is Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.
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