Landscape, Culture, and Power in Chinese SocietyYeh, Wen-hsin, ed.
China Research Monograph 49
1998. 153 pp.
What does an attention to space, formal or informal, lived or represented, teach us about power relationships and the cultural dynamics that shaped Chinese society? How did space function as a medium for the negotiation of power and politics in the particularities of Chinese society? The five essays collected in this volume explore spatial ordering in Chinese culture and society from the Song to the present. The contributors approach the question from a variety of perspectives that include art, history, cartography, geography, and anthropology. The essays explore a wide spectrum of issues ranging from the rise of landscape painting as a new artistic genre to the lasting traits in Chinese mapmaking of the past millennium, from the building of Neo-Confucian academies and villages in southeastern coastal mountains to the engendering of domestic space in the cave dwellings of the peasantry in the upper Yellow River plateau in post-Mao years.