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Boundaries in China Hb : Critical Views - John Hay

Boundaries in China Hb

Critical Views

By: John Hay

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1996
ISBN: 9780948462375
Number Of Pages: 254

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Boundary making, a crucial element in human cultural creativity, links these essays exploring Chinese art and society. Traversing time and cultural category, individual expression and social construct, the authors demonstrate how a 'boundary' may exist simultaneously as barrier, threshold and interface.
The essays range from the creation of the first political and bureaucratic boundaries in early China, to the dismantling of discursive boundaries in the post-Mao era. Spanning diverse subjects, moving between ancient funerary art and the tension between self and image in modern Peking Opera, they deftly explore the psychodynamics of Chinese society.
All the authors in this book are established Sinologists. Boundaries in China will be stimulating reading for anyone interested to see how the seemingly tangential or peripheral can turn out to be of central concern in non-Western (and perhaps also Western) art and culture.

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'In these essays the reader will encounter some of the most sophisticated contemporary scholarship on Chinese art - unafraid to grapple with big issues ... Taken together, the essays have an ambitious reach. They don't in any sense form "a coherent whole", since most of the authors are explicitly suspicious of such attempts to wrap everything up neatly ... the material in the book, and the force with which its arguments are put, are hard to ignore. They demand serious engagement from all who are interested in going beyond the simple labeling of cultural phenomena, to understanding how those labels are generated, and who has the power to make them stick.' - Orientations

Photographic Acknowledgements
Notes on the Editor and Contributors
Chronology
Introduction
Body, Space, Time and Bureaucracy: Boundary Creation and Control Mechanisms in Early China
Beyond the 'Great Boundary': Funerary Narrative in the Cangshan Tomb
The Chinese Poetic Canon and its Boundaries
Boundaries and Surfaces on Self and Desire in Yuan Painting
The Suspension of Dynastic Time
Lady-Scholars at the Door: The Practice of Gender Relations in Eighteenth-Century Suzhou
The Chinese Opera Star: Roles and Identity
Love Me, Master, Love Me, Son': A Cultural Other Pornographically Constructed in Time
Who is Speaking Here? Discursive Boundaries and Representation in Post-Mao China
Zhang Hongtu / Hongtu Zhang: An Interview
References
Select Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780948462375
ISBN-10: 094846237X
Series: Critical Views
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st August 1996
Publisher: REAKTION BOOKS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.84

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