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Dimensions of originality : essays on seventeenth-century Chinese art theory and criticism

Author: Katharine Persis Burnett
Publisher: Hong Kong : The Chinese University Press, [2013] ©2013
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Dimensions of Originality investigates the issue of conceptual originality in art theory and criticism of the seventeenth-century, a period in which China dynamically reinvented itself. In art theory and criticism, the term that was called upon to indicate conceptual originality more than any other was qi, literally, "different", but secondarily, "odd," like a number and, by extension, "the novel" and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katharine Persis Burnett
ISBN: 9789629964566 9629964562
OCLC Number: 693812352
Description: xxx, 414 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Some problems of expectation, or, speculations on why originality can't be a "traditional Chinese" value (when it is) --
Some problems of interpretation, or, discerning the flavors of a fine kettle of fish --
How ideas spread across China and among the classes --
The importance of a word: a discussion of critical terms --
What the texts say: originality in pre-seventeenth-century art theory and criticism --
What the texts say: originality in seventeenth-century painting theory and criticism --
What the texts say: originality in seventeenth-century calligraphy theory and criticism --
The other Dong Qichang --
What originality looks like --
The end of originality as the seventeenth-century knew it.
Responsibility: Katharine P. Burnett.

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Dimensions of Originality investigates the issue of conceptual originality in art theory and criticism of the seventeenth-century, a period in which China dynamically reinvented itself. In art theory and criticism, the term that was called upon to indicate conceptual originality more than any other was qi, literally, "different", but secondarily, "odd," like a number and, by extension, "the novel" and "extraordinary." This work finds that originality, expressed through visual difference, was a paradigmatic concern of artists, theorists, and critics. Burnett speculates on why many have dismissed originality as a possible "traditional Chinese" value, and the ramifications this has had on art historical understanding. She further demonstrates that a study of individual key terms can reveal social and cultural values, and provides a linear history of the increase in critical uses of qi as "originality" from the fifth through the seventeenth centuries. She explores what originality looks like in artworks by members of the gentry elite and commoner classes, and explains how the value lost its luster at the end of the seventeenth century." -- from inside back flap.

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