Lifestyle and Entertainment in Yangzhou

edited by Lucie Olivová & Vibeke Børdahl

  • Published:
  • Pages: 400 pp.
  • richly illustrated (some in colour)
  • Series number: 44
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

This is the first book to bring together the history, literature and performing and visual arts of Yangzhou, one of China’s most important centres of traditional culture. This richly illustrated volume celebrates Yangzhou’s rich cultural tradition with a well-balanced range of topics spanning the period from the late 17th century to modern times.

Yangzhou, once the central place of literati and urban culture, is still one of the most important centres of traditional culture in China today. Over the years particular regional forms of art and entertainment have arisen here, some surviving into the present time.

This beautifully illustrated volume celebrates Yangzhou’s rich cultural tradition through a well-balanced spectrum of topics spanning the period from the late 17th century to modern times. These are grouped into four thematic parts: Yangzhou’s cultural heritage during historic downfalls and revivals; regional literature and book production; local theatre and storytelling; and various artists of the 18th-century Yangzhou School of Painting. Within each thematic part, descriptions and evaluations of cultural phenomena are supplemented with reflections on lifestyle and customs, weaving a virtual dialogue that binds the topical diversity of the collection tightly together.

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Lucie B. Olivová teaches at Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, her research is focused on Qing culture. Her publications include A Confucian Story of  the Prodigal Son, Tobacco in Chinese Society, 1600 – 1900, Traditional Chinese Architecture, The Gems of Chinese Literature.

 

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by Michael Marme, Fordham University.
From journal:
China Review International, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2011

 "This handsomely produced, profusely illustrated volume is the result of a long-term, truly international collaboration among scholars whose work focuses on various aspects of Yangzhou from the seventeenth century down to the present day." 

 "This handsomely produced, profusely illustrated volume is the result of a long-term, truly international collaboration among scholars whose work focuses on various aspects of Yangzhou from the seventeenth century down to the present day." 

by Samuel Y. Liang
From journal:
The China Quarterly, Vol. 204, Dec 2010

"It is a monumental volume marked by a fine production, especially in its colorful illustrations.

… a rich array of fresh and little-studied materials."

"It is a monumental volume marked by a fine production, especially in its colorful illustrations.

… a rich array of fresh and little-studied materials."

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