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Dimensions of Originality

Essays on Seventeenth-Century Chinese Art Theory and Criticism

Katharine P. Burnett


English , 2013/02 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Art Theory, Art Criticism

229 x 152 x 32 mm , 448pp ISBN : 978-962-996-456-6

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Dimensions of Originality investigates the issue of conceptual originality in seventeenth-century art criticism, a period in which China dynamically reinvented itself. The term which was called upon to indicate conceptual originality more than any other was qi, literally, "different"; but secondarily, "odd," like a number and, by extension, "the novel" and "extraordinary." Burnett speculates on why many have dismissed originality as a "traditional Chinese" value, and the ramifications this has had on understanding. She further demonstrates that a study of key terms can reveal social and cultural values, and provides a linear history of the increase in use of qi as "originality" through the seventeenth centuries.

Katharine P. Burnett is associate professor of art history at the University of California, Davis where she specializes in Chinese art and culture.

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