Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China Craig Clunas

ISBN: 9781306269001

Published: April 10th 2014

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242 pages


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Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China  by  Craig Clunas

Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China by Craig Clunas
April 10th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 242 pages | ISBN: 9781306269001 | 3.63 Mb

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 beautifully illustrated book grounds theMoreGardens 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 beautifully illustrated book grounds the practices of garden-making in Ming Dynasty China (1369 1644) firmly in the social and cultural history of the day.Who owned 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? Drawing on a wide range of recent work in cultural theory, Craig Clunas 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 gardens role in social life.



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