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Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China$
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Cynthia Brokaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231269

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231269.001.0001

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Visual Hermeneutics and the Act of Turning the Leaf

Visual Hermeneutics and the Act of Turning the Leaf

A Genealogy of Liu Yuan’s Lingyan ge

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(p.370) (p.371) Ten Visual Hermeneutics and the Act of Turning the Leaf
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Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China
Author(s):

Anne Burkus-Chasson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231269.003.0010

This chapter focuses on visual hermeneutics and the genealogy of Liu Yuan, entitled Lingyan ge. It describes the rare and unusual picture book designed in the mid-1660s by Liu Yuan and argues that the practices of reading, especially those adapted to the recto–verso leaf of the thread-bound book, were manipulated by Liu Yuan to create tension in his presentation of the historical gallery of portraits. The chapter suggests that a genealogy of the editions of Lingyan ge expressly brings forward the significance of the act of turning the leaf in Liu's original design.

Keywords:   Liu Yan, Lingyan ge, visual hermeneutics, genealogy, picture book, recto–verso leaf

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