Boundaries in China

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A crucial topic in the study of Chinese culture past or present is that of the "boundary". In this book the authors investigate the meaning of the boundary as metaphor and paradox, as threshold and interface across the whole spectrum of Chinese art and society. The essays range from early politics and society to contemporary public and private discourse; from the creation of a literary canon to the positioning of individuals in dynastic time; from the public spaces in today's Peking Opera to the intangible surfaces of self in 14th-century painting.

All the authors in this book are established Sinologists. Boundaries in China will be stimulating reading for anyone interested in the psycho-social dynamics of non-Western art and culture.

Includes essays by Robin D. S. Yates, Wu Hung, Pauline Yu, John Hay, Jonathan Hay, Dorothy Ko, Isabelle Duchesne, Rey Chow, Ann Anagnost.

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Editorial Reviews

Contains nine essays on disparate topics in the study of the cultures of China from the 3rd century BC to the present, linked by the theme of boundary making. Contributors demonstrate how a boundary may exist simultaneously as a barrier, threshold, and interface, touching on topics including the first political boundaries in early China, ancient funerary art, the tension between self and image in modern Peking opera, and the dismantling of discursive boundaries in the post-Mao era. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. Distributed by U. of Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780948462382
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Series: Critical Views Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hay is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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Table of Contents

Photographic Acknowledgements Notes on the Editor and Contributors Chronology Introduction - John Hay
1. Body, Space, Time and Bureaucracy: Boundary Creation and Control Mechanisms in Early China - Robin D. S. Yates
2. Beyond the 'Great Boundary': Funerary Narrative in the Cangshan Tomb - Wu Hung
3. The Chinese Poetic Canon and its Boundaries - Pauline Yu
4. Boundaries and Surfaces on Self and Desire in Yuan Painting - John Hay
5. The Suspension of Dynastic Time - Jonathan Hay
6. Lady-Scholars at the Door: The Practice of Gender Relations in Eighteenth-Century Suzhou - Dorothy Ko
7. The Chinese Opera Star: Roles and Identity - Isabelle Duchesne
8. 'Love Me, Master, Love Me, Son': A Cultural Other Pornographically Constructed in Time - Rey Chow
9. Who is Speaking Here? Discursive Boundaries and Representation in Post-Mao China - Ann Anagnost
10. Zhang Hongtu / Hongtu Zhang: An Interview (interviewer: Jonathan Hay)
References Select Bibliography Index
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