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    DescriptionGardens 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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    Fruitful Sites
    Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Craig Clunas
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 599 g
    ISBN 13: 9780948462887
    ISBN 10: 0948462884

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JB, 3JD
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPC
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    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
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    BIC subject category V2: JFCX
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: WMD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS003000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: WMB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    Abridged Dewey: 635
    B&T General Subject: 380
    BISAC V2.8: GAR006000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A15406030
    BISAC V2.8: ARC008000, GAR000000
    B&T Approval Code: A71010000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC, 3H, 3JD, 3JB
    DC20: 712.60951
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    DC22: 712.0951
    Thema V1.0: WMD, JBCC9, WMB
    Illustrations note
    48 black & white illustrations
    Reaktion Books
    Imprint name
    Reaktion Books
    Publication date
    04 April 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Craig Clunas is Percival David Chair of Chinese Art at SOAS, London. He has published extensively on the culture of the Ming period and is the author of Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China (Reaktion, 1997) and Elegant Debts: The Social Art of Wen Zhengming (Reaktion, 2004).