The Zen Arts: An Anthropological Study of the Culture of Aesthetic Form in Japan - Royal Asiatic Society Books (Paperback)Rupert Cox (author)
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This book challenges that long-held view and proposes that the Zen arts should be understood as part of a literary and visual history of representing Japanese culture through the arts. Cox argues that these texts and images emerged fully as systems for representing the arts during the modern period, produced within Japan as a form of cultural nationalism and outside Japan as part of an orientalist discourse.
Practitioners' experiences are in fact rarely referred to in terms of Zen or art, but instead are spatially and socially grounded. Combining anthropological description with historical criticism, Cox shows that the Zen arts are best understood in terms of a dynamic relationship between an aesthetic discourse on art and culture and the social and embodied experiences of those who participate in them.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm