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Fruitful Sites Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China

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ISBN-10: 0948462884

ISBN-13: 9780948462887

Edition: 1996

Authors: Craig Clunas

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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 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 garden's role in social life.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 4/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Craig Clunas is Professor of History of Art at the University of Oxford, and the author of <i Superfluous Things</i (1991), <i Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China</i (Reaktion, 1996), <i Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China</i (Reaktion, 1997), <i Art in China</i (1997) and <i Elegant Debts: The Social Art of Wen Zhengming</i (Reaktion, 2004).

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Fruitful Garden
The Aesthetic Garden
The Gardens of the Wen Family
The Represented Garden
The Landscape of Number
Conclusion
References
Bibliography
Index