Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China / Edition 1

Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China / Edition 1

by Craig Clunas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822317958

ISBN-13: 9780822317951

Pub. Date: 09/15/1996

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Gardens are sites that can be at one and the same time admired works of art and valuable pieces of real estate. As the first account in English to be wholly based on contemporary Chinese sources, this innovative, beautifully illustrated book grounds the practices of garden-making in Ming dynasty China (1368–1644) firmly in the social and cultural history of

Overview

Gardens are sites that can be at one and the same time admired works of art and valuable pieces of real estate. As the first account in English to be wholly based on contemporary Chinese sources, this innovative, beautifully illustrated book grounds the practices of garden-making in Ming dynasty China (1368–1644) firmly in the social and cultural history of the day.
Who owned Ming gardens? Who visited them? How were they represented in words, in paintings, and in visual culture generally, and what meanings did these representations hold at different levels of Chinese society? How did the discourse of gardens intersect with other discourses such as those of aesthetics, agronomy, geomancy, and botany? By examining the gardens of the city of Suzhou from a number of different angles, Craig Clunas provides a rich picture of a complex cultural phenomenon—one that was of crucial importance to the self-fashioning of the Ming elite.
Drawing on a wide range of recent work in cultural theory, the author provides for the first time a historical and materialist account of Chinese garden culture, and replaces broad generalizations and orientalist fantasy with a convincing picture of the garden’s role in social life. Fruitful Sites will appeal to all students of China’s cultural history, to students of garden history from any part of the world, to art historians, and to readers engaged in Asian and cultural studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822317951
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/15/1996
Series:
Envisioning Asia Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements7
Introduction9
1The Fruitful Garden16
2The Aesthetic Garden60
3The Gardens of the Wen Family104
4The Represented Garden137
5The Landscape of Number177
Conclusion203
References208
Bibliography227
Index238

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