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Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent Alfreda Murck

Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent

Alfreda Murck

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ISBN : 9780674007826
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482 pages
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Throughout the history of imperial China, the educated elite used various means to criticise government policies and actions. During the Song dynasty (960-1278), some members of this elite found an elegant and subtle means of dissent: landscapeMoreThroughout the history of imperial China, the educated elite used various means to criticise government policies and actions. During the Song dynasty (960-1278), some members of this 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, other deliberately concealed. She argues that the coding of messages in seemingly innocuous paintings was an important factor in the growing respect for painting among the educated elite and that the capacity of paintings systems of reference to allow scholars to express dissent with impunity contributed to the arts vitality and longevity.