A Jesuit Garden in Beijing and Early Modern Chinese Culture by Hui Zou

By Hui Zou

during this quantity, Hui Zou analyzes ancient, architectural, visible, literary, and philosophical views at the Western-styled backyard that shaped a part of the nice Yuanming Yuan complicated in Beijing, built in the course of the Qing dynasty. Designed and inbuilt the past due eighteenth century through Italian and French Jesuits, the backyard defined during this publication used to be a wonderland of multistoried constructions, fountains, labyrinths, and geometrical hills. It even integrated an open-air theater. via specified exam of old literature and representations, Zou analyzes the ways that the Jesuits accommodated their layout in the chinese language cultural context. He indicates how an extremely very important portion of their method was once the appliance of a linear perspective—the “line-method”—to create the jing, the chinese language suggestion of the bounded vivid view of a backyard scene. Hui Zou’s booklet demonstrates how Jesuit metaphysics fused with chinese language cosmology and broadens our figuring out of cultural and spiritual encounters in early chinese language modernity. It offers an exciting mirrored image at the interplay among Western metaphysics and the poetical culture of chinese language tradition. the quantity may be of curiosity to students and scholars in a number of fields, together with literature, philosophy, structure, panorama and concrete stories, and East-West comparative cultural studies.

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