9780520072855-0520072855-Brushes with Power: Modern Politics and the Chinese Art of Calligraphy

Brushes with Power: Modern Politics and the Chinese Art of Calligraphy

ISBN-13: 9780520072855
ISBN-10: 0520072855
Edition: First
Author: Kraus, Richard Curt
Publication date: 1991
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Hardcover 220 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780520072855
ISBN-10: 0520072855
Edition: First
Author: Kraus, Richard Curt
Publication date: 1991
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Hardcover 220 pages

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Acknowledged authors Kraus, Richard Curt wrote Brushes with Power: Modern Politics and the Chinese Art of Calligraphy comprising 220 pages back in 1991. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0520072855 and 9780520072855. Since then Brushes with Power: Modern Politics and the Chinese Art of Calligraphy textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Chinese calligraphy has traditionally been an emblem of the ruling class and its authority. After a century of mass revolution, what is the fate of this elite art? Richard Kraus explores the relationship beween politics and the art of writing in China today to explicate the complex relationship between tradition and modernity in Chinese culture. His study draws upon a wide range of sources, from political documents, memoirs, and interviews with Chinese intellectuals to art exhibitions and television melodramas.

Mao Zedong and other Communist leaders gave calligraphy a revolutionary role, believing that their beloved art reflected the luster of authoritative words and deeds. Calligraphy was joined with new propagandistic mass media to become less a private art and more a public performance. It provided politically engaged citizens with subtle cues to changing power relationships in the People's Republic.

Claiming neither that the Communists obliterated traditional culture nor that revolution failed to relieve the burden of China's past, this study subtly examines the changing uses of tradition in a modernizing society.

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