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020 9780231188067|qhardcover|qalkaline paper
020 0231188064|qhardcover|qalkaline paper
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100 1 Byrnes, Corey J.,|d1980-|eauthor.
245 10 Fixing landscape :|ba techno-poetic history of China's
Three Gorges /|cCorey Byrnes.
264 1 New York :|bColumbia University Press,|c
300 xv, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :
|billustrations (some color), maps (some color) ;|c24 cm.
490 1 Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-308) and
505 0 Passage I. Departure -- Part I. A landscape of traces.
Tracing the gorges -- From trace to site -- Passage II.
One thousand Li -- Part II. Reinscribing the Three Gorges.
Chinese landscape -- Chinese labor -- Passage III. One
thousand years -- Part III. For the record. A record of
the trace -- Ink in the wound -- Passage IV. Part of the
520 "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 historical '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"--
|cProvided by publisher.
651 0 Yangtze River Gorges (China)|xHistory.
651 7 China|zYangtze River Gorges.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01243803
655 7 History.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01411628
830 0 Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia