Poetry and Painting in Song China
The Subtle Art of Dissent New edition
By (author) Alfreda Murck
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Poetry and Painting in Song China by Alfreda Murck
Book DescriptionThroughout the history of imperial China, the educated elite used various means to criticise government policies and actions. During the Song dynasty (960-1278), some members of this elite found an elegant and subtle means of dissent: landscape painting. By examining literary archetypes, the titles of paintings, contemporary inscriptions, and the historical context, Alfreda Murck shows that certain paintings expressed strong political opinions - some transparent, other deliberately concealed. She argues that the coding of messages in seemingly innocuous paintings was an important factor in the growing respect for painting among the educated elite and that the capacity of painting's systems of reference to allow scholars to express dissent with impunity contributed to the art's vitality and longevity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674007826
(276mm x 212mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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An interesting case study on how symbols are constructed by politics.
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