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Chinese aesthetics : the ordering of literature, the arts, and the universe in the Six Dynasties

Author: Zongqi Cai
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This singular work presents the most comprehensive and nuanced study available in any Western language of Chinese aesthetic thought and practice during the Six Dynasties (A.D. 220-589). Despite a succession of dynastic and social upheavals, the literati preoccupied themselves with both the sensuous and the transcendent and strove for cultural dominance. By the end of the sixth century, their reflections would
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zongqi Cai
ISBN: 0824827910 9780824827915
OCLC Number: 54537099
Description: vii, 359 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: A historical overview of Six Dynasties aesthetics / Zong-Qi Cai --
PART I: IMAGES AND REPRESENTATIONS: PAINTING, CALLIGRAPHY, AND GARDEN CONSTRUCTION --
Replication and deception in calligraphy of the Six Dynasties period / Robert E. Harrist Jr. --
The essay on painting by Wang Wei (415-453) in context / Susan Bush --
Xie He's 'Six laws' of painting and their Indian parallels / Victor H. Mair --
A good place need not be a nowhere: the garden and utopian thought in the Six Dynasties / Shuen-Fu Lin --
PART II: WORDS AND PATTERNS: POETRY AND PROSE --
The unmasking of Tao Qian and the indeterminacy of interpretation / Kang-I Sun Chang --
Crossing boundaries: transcendents and aesthetics in the Six Dynasties / Rania Huntington --
Literary games and religious practice at the end of the Six Dynasties: the Baguanzhai poems by Xiao Gang and his followers / François Martin --
PART III: THE PARAMETERS OF SIX DYNASTIES AESTHETICS: MODES OF DISCOURSE --
Shishuo xinyu and the emergence of aesthetic self-consciousness in the Chinese tradition / Wai-Yee Li --
Nature and higher ideals in texts on calligraphy, music, and painting / Ronald Egan --
The conceptual origins and aesthetic significance of 'shen' in Six Dynasties texts on literature and painting / Zong-Qi Cai.
Responsibility: edited by Zong-qi Cai.
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A study of Chinese aesthetic thought and practice during the Six Dynasties (A.D. 220-589) grounded in readings of primary texts, it reveals the complex, dynamic interplay between life and art, the  Read more...

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