Chinese Aesthetics: The Ordering of Literature, the Arts, and the Universe in the Six Dynasties
University of Hawaii Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 359 pages
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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