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Of Body and Brush : Grand Sacrifice as Text/Performance in Eighteenth-Century China - Angela Zito

Of Body and Brush

Grand Sacrifice as Text/Performance in Eighteenth-Century China

Paperback Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780226987293
Number Of Pages: 326

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The Qianlong emperor, who dominated the religious and political life of eighteenth-century China, was in turn dominated by elaborate ritual prescriptions. These texts determined what he wore and ate, how he moved, and above all how he performed the yearly Grand Sacrifices. In "Of Body and Brush," Angela Zito offers a stunningly original analysis of the way ritualizing power was produced jointly by the throne and the official literati who dictated these prescriptions.
Forging a critical cultural historical method that challenges traditional categories of Chinese studies, Zito shows for the first time that in their "performance," the ritual texts embodied, literally, the metaphysics upon which imperial power rested. By combining rule through the brush (the production of ritual texts) with rule through the body (mandated performance), the throne both exhibited its power and attempted to control resistance to it. Bridging Chinese history, anthropology, religion, and performance and cultural studies, Zito brings an important new perspective to the human sciences in general.

List of Illustrations
Prologue: Clothing, Carrying, and Codifying
Ruling Boundaries
Signifying Emperorship: Of Portraits and Princes
Method, Monarchy, and Ritual
Text: Editing the Ritual Corpus
Classifying Li: Time and Agency
Writing the Ritualist Metaphysics: Self and World
Performance: The Ritualizing Body Inscribes
Sacrificial Spaces: Contextualizing the City
Cosmic Preparation: Orders of Knowledge
Filial Ceremony: Centering
The Politics of Boundary: Inscription and Incorporation
Glossary of Chinese Characters
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ISBN: 9780226987293
ISBN-10: 0226987299
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Type: New edition