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

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University of Hawaii Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 359 pages
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"This singular work presents the most comprehensive and nuanced study available in any Western language of Chinese aesthetic thought and practice during the Six Dynasties (A.D. 220-589). Despite a succession of dynastic and social upheavals, the literati preoccupied themselves with both the sensuous and the transcendent and strove for cultural dominance. By the end of the sixth century, their reflections would evolve into a sophisticated system of aesthetic discourse characterized by its own rhetoric and concepts." "Chinese Aesthetics will fill a gap in Western sinological studies of the period. It will appeal to scholars and students in premodern Chinese literary studies, comparative aesthetics, and cultural studies and will be a welcome reference to anyone interested in ancient Chinese culture."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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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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