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Entangled Landscapes: Early Modern China and Europe

Editors:
Zhuang, Yue
Riemenschnitter, Andrea M.

ISBN:
978 981 4722 58 2
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
304
List price(s):
38.00 USD
39.50 GBP
44.00 EUR

Publication date:
30 August 2017

Short description: 

Examines the exchange of ideas of landscape practice between Europe and China in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Yue Zhuang and Andrea M. Riemenschnitter explore this through three themes - empire-building, mediators' constraints, and aesthetic negotiations - and challenge our assumptions about how China and Europe influenced one another.

Full description: 

China and Europe have had a storied, and at times stormy, relationship. Yet their relationship is hardly one of a simple, binary exchange. Instead, their roles are best described as entangled. This exchange has a physical manifestation in the world of garden design, as artists on both continents engaged in complex processes of appropriation, crossover, and transformation.Entangled Landscapes focuses on the exchange of ideas of landscape practice between Europe and China in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Yue Zhuang and Andrea M. Riemenschnitter explore this through three themes - empire-building, mediators' constraints, and aesthetic negotiations. They challenge our assumptions about how China and Europe influenced one another and go beyond well-documented outcomes like the jardin anglo-chinois and Europeenerie styles. Interdisciplinary and revisionist, this brings the critical spirit of postcolonial studies to art history and will appeal to scholars in fields such as comparative literature and visual culture, history, and human geography.

Biography: 

Yue Zhuang is a senior lecturer in Chinese at the University of Exeter. Andrea M. Riemenschnitter is chair professor of Modern Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Zurich.

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