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1st Edition

Calligraphy and Power in Contemporary Chinese Society

ISBN 9780415646369
Published August 12, 2014 by Routledge
240 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This unusual and interesting book is a fascinating account of the world of Chinese writing. It examines Chinese space and the political and social use of writing as propaganda, a publicity booster and as a ladder for social climbing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  Introduction: The Abode of Calligraphic Inscriptions  1. Dances with Power: Public Calligraphy and its Social Effects  2. Becoming a Person Through Wen  3. Handwriting and Personhood  4. Body-Person Engineering: Brush Techniques and Calligraphic Composition  5. Brush Work: Alternative Bodybuilding  6. Ideograms and Knowledge  7. Characters Reloaded  Bibliography  Glossary

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Yen, Yuehping


'This is a very good book. Yen is both insightful in her analysis of the sources and implications of the aura of Chinese writing and careful in her discussions of how people think about characters.' - China Journal