Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China

Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China

Paperback Envisioning Asia

By (author) Craig Clunas

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  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 18mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0948462884
  • ISBN 13: 9780948462887
  • Illustrations note: 48 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,678,749

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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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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).