Chinese Aesthetics: The Ordering of Literature, the Arts, and the Universe in the Six Dynasties

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Zongqi Cai
University of Hawaii Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 359 pages
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This singular work presents the most comprehensive and nuanced studies available in any Western language of Chinese aesthetic thought and practice during the Six Dynasties (A.D. 220-589). A prologue details the historical context in which Six Dynasties aesthetics arose and sketches out its major stages of development. The ten essays that follow bring fresh perspectives to bear on important writings on literature, music, painting, calligraphy, and gardening. Grounded in close readings of primary texts, they reveal the complex, dynamic interplay between life and art, the sensuous and the metaphysical, and the artistic and the philosophical/religious that lies at the heart of the aesthetic thought and practice of the time.
 

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Contents

Replication and Deception in Calligraphy of the
31
The Essay on Painting by Wang Wei 415453 in Context
60
Xie Hes Six Laws of Painting and Their Indian Parallels
81
The Garden
123
Poetry and Prose
169
Transcendents and Aesthetics
191
Literary Games and Religious Practice at the End of
222
Nature and Higher Ideals in Texts on Calligraphy Music
277
The Conceptual Origins and Aesthetic Significance
310
Contributors
343
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About the author (2004)

Zong-qi Cai is professor of Chinese and comparative literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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