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234 × 156 × 37 mm
360 pages
62 illustrations
05 Mar 1995
Critical Views
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Boundaries In China John Hay

With essays by Robin D. S. Yates, Wu Hung, Pauline Yu, John Hay, Jonathan Hay, Dorothy Ko, Isabelle Duchesne, Rey Chow, Ann Anagnost.

A crucial topic in the study of Chinese culture past or present is that of the ‘boundary’. In this book the authors investigate the meaning of the boundary as metaphor and paradox, as threshold and interface across the whole spectrum of Chinese art and society. The essays range from early politics and society to contemporary public and private discourse; from the creation of a literary canon to the positioning of individuals in dynastic time; from the public spaces in today's Peking Opera to the intangible surfaces of self in 14th-century painting.

All the authors in this book are established Sinologists. Boundaries in China will be stimulating reading for anyone interested in the psycho-social dynamics of non-Western art and culture.

‘In these essays the reader will encounter some of the most sophisticated contemporary scholarship on Chinese art unafraid to grapple with big issues . . . Taken together, the essays have an ambitious reach. They don't in any sense form a coherent whole, since most of the authors are explicitly suspicious of such attempts to wrap everything up neatly . . . the material in the book, and the force with which its arguments are put, are hard to ignore. They demand serious engagement from all who are interested in going beyond the simple labeling of cultural phenomena, to understanding how those labels are generated, and who has the power to make them stick.’ — Orientations

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John Hay is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Santa Cruz.