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Author Byrnes, Corey J., 1980- author
Title Fixing landscape : a techno-poetic history of China's Three Gorges / Corey Byrnes
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DS793.Y3 B995 2018    AVAILABLE    30530001328723
 Modern History Library  951.2 B995    AVAILABLE    30550100659752
 人文社會聯圖  DS793.Y3 B96 2018    AVAILABLE    30600020126638
Descript xv, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
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Series Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Note Tracing the gorges -- From trace to site -- Chinese landscape -- Chinese labor -- A record of the trace -- Ink in the wound
"This book is a cultural history of the Three Gorges, spanning 2,500 years and media as disparate as eighth-century poetry; travel essays and landscape painting from the twelfth through eighteenth centuries; nineteenth-century British travelogues, maps, and visual culture; and contemporary film, photography, and ink painting. Byrnes argues that the Three Gorges Dam exists not only because the geology and hydrology of the region make it possible, but also because of the symbolic weight the region had acquired over millennia of cultural representation. Fully understanding how the Three Gorges landscape was produced and reproduced forces us to cut through familiar developmental narratives about modern China to see the connections between premodern, modern, semi-colonial, and contemporary periods of Chinese history, an important endeavor at a time when politicians and artists alike are drawing on an ahistorical 'Chinese tradition,' the latter for aesthetic guidance, the former for legitimation. A methodologically hybrid book, Fixing Landscapes combines aspects of traditional Sinology with contemporary Chinese cultural studies, critical geography, art history, film studies, and theories of space and place. It is deeply engaged with the scholarship of the environmental humanities but it also seeks to broaden the horizons of that field to better reflect the importance of China"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-308) and index
Subject Yangtze River Gorges (China) -- History
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