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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

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

Anne Burkus-Chasson

University of California Press

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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