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Ideas and art in Asian civilizations : India, China, and Japan

Author: Kenneth R Stunkel
Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©2012.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth R Stunkel
ISBN: 9780765625403 0765625407 0765625415 9780765625410
OCLC Number: 658810879
Notes: "An East Gate book."
Description: xiii, 305 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Part I. Journey to the East: --
Learning from unfamiliar cultural traditions. Discovering cultural universals ; Understanding historical uniqueness --
Symbols, styles, and meanings. Symbols ; Styles ; Meanings ; Notes --
Part II. India: India's historical foundation. Indus Valley prelude ; The Aryan overlay ; The long silence ; Ways of Kingship ; A cultural summit --
Society and thought stabilize --
India's social net --
India's cosmology --
Ideas in Hindu literature. Sankhya-Yoga ; Vaishesika-Nyaya ; Purva Mimamsa-Vedanta ; Charvaka (Also called Lokayata, or "World," implying olny the world exists --
India's traditions of thought. Vedic Brahmanism ; Upanishads ; Jainism ; Buddhism ; Hinduism ; Four ends of life ; Four stages of life --
India's religion and mythology --
India's way of thinking --
India's ideals of beauty. Sculpture ; Architecture ; Temples in Indian life ; Notes --
Part III. China: --
China's historical foundation. The land ; Dynastic system ; Village economy ; Language ; Scholar-Gentry- Literati (shen-shih- shenshi) ; Foreigners and the tribute system --
China's social net --
China's cosmology --
China's ideas in literature. The classics ; Ssu-ma Ch'ien (Sima Qian) and history --
China's traditions of thought. Taoism ; Lao-tzu (Laozi) ; Neo-Taoism ; Buddhism ; Confucianism. Confucius ; Mencius (Mengzi) ; Hsun-tzu (Xunzi) ; Han Dynasty Confucianism ; Sung Dynasty Neo-Confucianism --
China's Religion and Mythology --
China's way of thinking --
China's ideals of beauty. Symbolism ; Architecture. Tradition ; Symbolism ; Naturalism ; Structure ; Style ; The forbidden city ; Gardens ; Calligraphy ; Landscape painting. The brushstroke ; Scholarship and the "Perfections" ; Neo-Confucian cosmology ; The private realm ; Tradition ; Aesthetic theory ; Style in landscape painting ; Sung Realism ; Yuan subjectivity ; Ming traditionalsim ; The Ch'ing endgame --
The tradition ossifies ; Landscape painting, man, and nature ; Notes --
Part IV. Japan. Japan's historical foundation. Land of the gods ; Clans, civil monarchy, and feudalism ; Language ; Aristograts, Daimyo, and Samurai --
Japan's social net --
Japan's cosmology --
Japan's ideas in literature. The tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) ; The pillow book (Makura no Soshi) ; Shinkokinshu (New collection of ancient and modern poetry) ; Hojoki (An account of my Hut) ; The book of five rings (Go rin no sho) ; Haiku ; Noh theater ; Saikaku, Kiseki, and the "Floating world" --
Japan's traditions of thought. Buddhism. The Nara sects ; The Heian sects ; Zen Buddhism ; The Confucian revival --
Japan's religion and mythology. Shinto ("The way of the gods") ; Devotional Buddhism ; Mythical themes --
Japan's way of thinking --
Japan's ideals of beauty. Recurrent principles of art (Five aesthetic preferences). Naturalness ; Natural material ; Asymmetry ; Untrammeled space ; Confort and extremes ; The Chinese connection ; The Heian aesthetic ; Te Zen aesthetic ; The urban aesthetic ; Notes --
Part V.A summing up: --
India --
China --
Responsibility: Kenneth R. Stunkel.
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