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 good Yuanming Yuan complicated in Beijing, built throughout the Qing dynasty. Designed and in-built the past due eighteenth century by way of 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 distinctive exam of ancient literature and representations, Zou analyzes the ways that the Jesuits accommodated their layout in the chinese language cultural context. He exhibits how an extremely vital 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 brilliant view of a backyard scene. Hui Zou’s booklet demonstrates how Jesuit metaphysics fused with chinese language cosmology and broadens our knowing of cultural and spiritual encounters in early chinese language modernity. It offers an interesting mirrored image at the interplay among Western metaphysics and the poetical culture of chinese language tradition. the amount may be of curiosity to students and scholars in various fields, together with literature, philosophy, structure, panorama and concrete reports, and East-West comparative cultural studies.

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