Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent by Alfreda MurckPoetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent by Alfreda Murck

Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent

byAlfreda Murck

Paperback | April 1, 2002

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Throughout the history of imperial China, the educated elite used various means to criticize government policies and actions. During the Song dynasty (960-1278), some members of this elite found an elegant and subtle means of dissent: landscape painting.

By examining literary archetypes, the titles of paintings, contemporary inscriptions, and the historical context, Alfreda Murck shows that certain paintings expressed strong political opinions--some transparent, others deliberately concealed. She argues that the coding of messages in seemingly innocuous paintings was an important factor in the growing respect for painting among the educated elite and that the capacity of painting's systems of reference to allow scholars to express dissent with impunity contributed to the art's vitality and longevity.

Alfreda Murck is an independent scholar living in Beijing.
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Title:Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of DissentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 10.98 × 8.5 × 0.02 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Maps and Figures
Dates of Chinese Dynasties and Selected Rulers
Maps

Introduction

A Millennium of XiaoXiang Laments


Sage-King Shun and His Faithful Wives
Qu Yuan
Song Yu
Jia Yi
Wang Yi
Yu Xin
ShenQuanqi
ZhangYue
Li Bo
Du Fu
Han Yu
Liu Zongyuan

A Defining Moment: Shenzong's Reign (1067-85)

Early Song Political Culture
Emperor Shenzong Implements the New Policies
A Painting Celebrates New Beginnings (1072)
A Painting Admonishes the Emperor (1074)
The Case of the Loyal Official Song Di
The Luoyang Exiles
The Crow Terrace Poetry Trial (1079)

Infusing Painting with Poetry

The Importance of Du Fu
Encoding Poetry
Song Di's Creation of the Eight Views of XiaoXiang
Literary Characteristics of the Eight Views of XiaoXiang Titles

Exile, Return, and Dissonance

Unjust Exile: Wild Geese Descend
Reprieve: A Sail Returns
Mountain Markets and Du Fu's Autumn Day in Kui Prefecture

Confronting Melancholy: Evening, Night, and Autumn

River and Sky, Evening Snow
Autumn Moon over Dongting
Night Rain on Xiaoxiang
Evening Bellfrom a Mist-Shrouded Temple
Fishing Village in Evening Glow

Tree Leaves Fall
Level-Distance Landscapes

Su Shi and Wang Shen: Misty River, Layered Peaks

Su Shi Encodes a Poem
Wang Shen Rhymes a Response
Su Shi Writes After Drinking
Wang Shen Responds with Thanks
Misty River, Layered Peaks, Attributed to Wang Shen
A Manuscript of the Pour Poems

Huang Tingjian's Laments

Career and Political Exiles
Wind in the Pines, 1102
Calligraphy
Monk Zhongren's Painted Plums, 1104

Proclaiming Harmony: The Court's Visual Rhetoric

Huizong's Ascension
Paintings Proclaiming Harmony
Era of Peace and Order
Writing for the Emperor: Guo Si and Han Zhuo

Wang Hong's Eight Views of XiaoXiang

The Chan Monk Juefan Huihong
Wang Hong Paints Like a Poet
Audience

New Uses of the Past

Dream Journey over XiaoXiangMa Yuan and the Eight Views of XiaoXiang
Ma Yuan and Zhang Zi's Poetry Gathering
A Succession Crisis, a Banishment, and Spurious Learning
"Seventh Month" from the Odes of Bin
The Buddhist Monks Muqi and Yujian

Epilogue

AppendixesDu Fu Texts and Translations
SuShi's and Wang Shen's Matching of Du Fu's Rhymes
Huang Tingjian's Matching of Du Fu's Rhymes
Eight Views of XiaoXiang Poetry by Buddhist Monks

Reference Matter

Notes
Bibliography
Character List
Index

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Throughout the history of imperial China, the educated elite used various means to criticize government policies and actions. During the Song dynasty (960-1278), some members of this elite found an elegant and subtle means of dissent: landscape painting. By examining literary archetypes, the titles of paintings, contemporary inscriptions, and the historical context, Alfreda Murck shows that certain paintings expressed strong political opinions--some transparent, others deliberately concealed. She argues that the coding of messages in seemingly innocuous paintings was an important factor in the growing respect for painting among the educated elite and that the capacity of painting's systems of reference to allow scholars to express dissent with impunity contributed to the art's vitality and longevity.More than any other study, this brilliantly researched hook carries the reader into the intellectual environment of scholars, painters, and poets who created new forms of visual and verbal expression during the Song dynasty.