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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 inbuilt the overdue eighteenth century by way of Italian and French Jesuits, the backyard defined during this e-book used to be a wonderland of multistoried constructions, fountains, labyrinths, and geometrical hills. It even incorporated an open-air theater. via special exam of ancient literature and representations, Zou analyzes the ways that the Jesuits accommodated their layout in the chinese language cultural context. He indicates how an extremely vital component to their technique was once the appliance of a linear perspective—the “line-method”—to create the jing, the chinese language thought of the bounded brilliant view of a backyard scene. Hui Zou’s ebook 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 fascinating mirrored image at the interplay among Western metaphysics and the poetical culture of chinese language tradition. the amount can be of curiosity to students and scholars in a number of fields, together with literature, philosophy, structure, panorama and concrete reports, and East-West comparative cultural studies.

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