Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China
Distributed for Reaktion Books
Who owned gardens? Who visited them? How were they represented in words, in paintings and in visual culture generally, and what meanings did these representations hold at different levels of Chinese society? Drawing on a wide range of recent work in cultural theory, Craig Clunas provides for the first time a historical and materialist account of Chinese garden culture, and replaces broad generalizations and orientalist fantasy with a convincing picture of the garden's role in social life.
1. The Fruitful Garden
2. The Aesthetic Garden
3. The Gardens of the Wen Family
4. The Represented Garden
5. The Landscape of Number