Poetry and Painting in Song China

Poetry and Painting in Song China

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During the Song dynasty (960-1278), some members of China's elite found an elegant and subtle means of dissent: landscape painting. By examining literary archetypes, the titles of paintings, contemporary inscriptions, and the historical context, Alfreda Murck shows that certain paintings expressed strong political opinions--some transparent, others deliberately concealed. She argues that the capacity of painting's systems of reference to allow scholars to express dissent with impunity contributed to the art's vitality and longevity.He composed a series of essays about critical issues of governance that were written with candor and a refreshing clarity of style and ... Once in the examination hall, the candidates had one day to write on six topics chosen by the examiners.

Title:Poetry and Painting in Song China
Author:Alfreda Murck
Publisher:Harvard Univ Asia Center - 2002-04-01


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