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Brushes with Power: Modern Politics and the Chinese Art of Calligraphy Hardcover – Jul 24 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (July 24 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520072855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520072855
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,822,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Kraus's hands, the study of calligraphy becomes a metaphor for a much wider topic—the persistence of traditionalism in modern China. That traditionalism is obvious to anyone who has even a superficial knowledge of modern China; but it is vague and so diffuse that it is difficult to gain a satisfying intellectual comprehension of it. By focusing on a small aspect of that traditionalism—but an aspect with deep metaphoorical resonance—the author helps us to gain a more focused understanding of Chinese cultural life."—Richard Madsen, author of Morality and Power in a Chinese Village

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"In Kraus's hands, the study of calligraphy becomes a metaphor for a much wider topic (the persistence of traditionalism in modern China. That traditionalism is obvious to anyone who has even a superficial knowledge of modern China; but it is vague and so diffuse that it is difficult to gain a satisfying intellectual comprehension of it. By focusing on a small aspect of that traditionalism (but an aspect with deep metaphoorical resonance (the author helps us to gain a more focused understanding of Chinese cultural life." (Richard Madsen, author of Morality and Power in a Chinese Village)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Love this book Dec 13 1999
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This is a great book -- smart and funny. It's a very interesting analysis of how art and calligraphy are used to express leadership and exert power in Chinese culture. It may seem irrelevant to Westerners, but ask anyone from a calligraphic tradition about it, and they'll tell you how important it is. A great read with super pictures.


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