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Dimensions of Originality: Essays on Seventeenth-Century Chinese Art Criticism

Dimensions of Originality: Essays on Seventeenth-Century Chinese Art Criticism (Hardback)

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Dimensions of Originality investigates the issue of conceptual originality in seventeenth-century art criticism, a period in which China dynamically reinvented itself. The term which was called upon to indicate conceptual originality more than any other was qi, literally, "different"; but secondarily, "odd," like a number and, by extension, "the novel" and "extraordinary." Burnett speculates on why many have dismissed originality as a "traditional Chinese" value, and the ramifications this has had on understanding. She further demonstrates that a study of key terms can reveal social and cultural values, and provides a linear history of the increase in use of qi as "originality" through the seventeenth centuries.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: c 1600 to c 1800 incl the Baroque & RococoArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryTheory of art Publisher: The Chinese University Press Publication Date: 31/07/2011 ISBN-13: 9789629964566  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Katharine P. Burnett is associate professor of art history at the University of California, Davis where she specializes in Chinese art and culture.

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