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Classical Historiography for Chinese History

Research guide for Chinese Historiography


  • Along the Ancient Silk Routes: Central Asian Art from the West Berlin State Museums. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982.
  • Imperial Taste: Chinese Ceramics from the Percival David Foundation. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1989.
  • De Verboden Stad/The Forbidden City: Court Culture of the Chinese Emperors. Rotterdam: Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, 1990.
  • The Quest For Eternity: Chinese Ceramic Sculptures from the People's Republic of China. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1987.
  • Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes. Guest edited by Stanislaus Fung and John Makeham in honor of Professor Chen Congzhou of Shanghai; Volume 18, number 3 (July-September 1998), ii+116 pp. The contents of the special issue are as follows:
    • FORWARD, Stanislaus Fung; THE COSMOLOGICAL SETTING OF CHINESE GARDENS, David L. Hall (University of Texas at El Paso) and Roger T. Ames (University of Hawai'i); THE CONFUCIAN ROLE OF NAMES IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE GARDENS, John Makeham (The University of Adelaide, Australia); THE INTERDISCIPLINARY PROSPECTS OF READING YUAN YE, Stanislaus Fung (The University of Adelaide, Australia); INTERIOR DISPLAY & ITS RELATION TO EXTERNAL SPACES IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE GARDENS, WANG Yi (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing); SOME HINTS ON 'SCHOLAR GARDENS' AND PLANTS IN TRADITIONAL CHINA, Georges Metaili?(CNRS--Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris); THE CHINESE GARDEN: DEATH OF A SYMBOL, John Minford (Hong Kong Polytechnic University); GUIDE TO SECONDARY SOURCES ON CHINESE GARDENS, Stanislaus Fung (The University of Adelaide, Australia).
  • Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes. Guest edited by Stanislaus Fung in memory of Professor Chen Zhi (1899-1989) of Nanjing; Volume 19, number 3/4 (July-December 1999), ii+155 pp. The contents of the special issue are as follows:
    • "Foreword" by Stanislaus Fung (The University of New South Wales, Sydney); "Qi Biaojia's 'Footnotes to Allegory Mountain': Introduction and Translation" by Duncan Campbell (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand); "Hu Yinglin's 'Connoisseurs of Flowers': Translation and Commentary" by Alison Hardie (Oxford, England); "Wang Shizhen's Yan Shan Garden Essays: Narrating a Literati Landscape" by Kenneth K. Hammond (New Mexico State University); "Interplay of Image and Fact: The Pavilion of Surging Waves, Suzhou" by XU Yinong (Brown University); "Landscape/Representation/Text: Craig Clunas's Fruitful Sites (1996)" by Mark Jackson (Adelaide, Australia); "The Shao Garden of Mi Wanzhong (1570-1628): Revisiting a Late Ming Landscape Through Visual and Literary Sources" by Philip K. Hu (New York University); "The Intended Perception of the Imperial Gardens of Chengde in 1780" by Philippe Foret (University of Oklahoma); "Droiture et Clart? scen?paysagere au Jardin de la Clart?Parfaite" by Che Bing CHIU (Paris); "China and Europe Intertwined: A New View of the European Sector of the Chang Chun Yuan" by Victoria M. Siu)(University of San Francisco).
  • Zhao, Feng, Treasures in Silk: An Illustrated history of Chinese Textiles. Hong Kong: The Costume Squad, LTD, 1999.
    • This book covers wide topics of textiles including archaeology, technical development, art history, and the significance of the Silk Road. All text in English and Chinese, with full color printing. It presents the historical development of Chinese textiles with a selection of 100 representative examples from collections worldwide. The book is divided into 10 sections: 1. The Pre-Han Era: Earliest jin-silk with geometric pattern and embroidery with dragon and phoenix from Chu cultural areas; 2. Clouds from the Heavenly Realms: Han dynasty embroidered and woven textiles with cloud and animal patterns; 3. New Currents from the West: Motifs from Central Asia during Wei and Jin dynasties to Tang dynasty; 4. Splendid Roundels: Tang dynasty roundel motifs and their perpetuation in the Liao and Song dynasties; 5. Spring Streams and Autumn Mountains: Patterns with northern features in the Liao and Jin dynasties; 6. Gold Medallions and Silver units: Textiles supplemented with gold during the Yuan dynasty; 7. Birds and Flowers: Naturalistic bird and flower patterns in the Song and Ming dynasties; 8. Auspicious Subjects: Motifs expressing popular wishes in the Ming and Qing dynasties; 9. Rank and Stautus: Robes for emperors and officials; 10. Religious Subjects: Textiles with religious subjects and folk beliefs. Each section is headed by an introduction, and consists of 10 items of textiles with detailed description of their artistic and technical significance. About 300 supplementary illustrations including photographs and diagrams. Most of them are published for the first time. The Textile Glossary with illustrations is divided into: A. Fibre and Yarn; B. Weaves and Weaving; C. Interlacing; D. Embroidery; E. Printing and Dyeing.

Chinese Calligraphy

  • Bai Qianshen. Fu Shan's World: The Transformation of Chinese Calligraphy in the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge: Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2003.
  • Chang Ch'ung-ho, & Hans Frankel, trans. and annotation. Two Chinese Treatises on Calligraphy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. Includes Sun Qianli's "Treatise On Calligraphy" and Jiang Kui's "Sequel."
  • Ecke, Tseng Yu-ho. Chinese Calligraphy. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1971.
  • ---. Beyond Representation: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy 8th-14th Century. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992.
  • Fu, Shen C. Y., et al. Traces of the Brush: Studies in Chinese Calligraphy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977.
  • Ledderose, Lothar. Mi Fu and the Classical Tradition of Chinese Calligraphy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979.
  • ---. Die Siegelschrift (Chuan-shu) in der Ch'ing-zeit. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 1970.
  • McNair, Amy. The Upright Brush: Yan Zhenqing's Calligraphy and Song Literati Politics. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1998.
  • Sturman, Peter. Mi Fu: Style and the Art of Calligraphy in Northern Song China. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.

Chinese material culture, gardens, etc.

  • Adshead, S. A. M. Material Culture in Europe and China, 1400-1800: The Rise of Consumerism. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997.
  • Brokaw, Cynthia J. "Publishing, Society and Culture in Pre-Modern China: The Evolution of Print Culture." International Journal of Asian Studies Jan 2005. Vol. 2, Iss. 1: 135-166
  • Cheng, Ji. The Craft of Gardens. Translated by Alison Hardie. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988. The earliest extant Chinese text on Chinese garden design, written between 1631 and 1634.
  • Clunas, Craig. Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998, 2005.
  • ---. Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991.
  • ---. Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty Culture. Raleigh: Duke University Press, 1996.
  • ---. Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.
  • Foret, Philippe. Mapping Chengde: The Qing Landscape Enterprise. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000.
  • Hommel, Rudolf P. China at work; an illustrated record of the primitive industries of China's masses, whose life is toil, and thus an account of Chinese civilization. New York, Pub. for the Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, Pa.: John Day Company, 1937.
  • Howard, Angela Falco, Li Song, Wu Hong, and Yang Hong. Chinese Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
  • Johnston, R. Stewart. Scholar Gardens of China: A Study and Analysis of the Spatial Design of the Chinese Private Garden. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
  • Karetzky, Patricia. Court Art of the T'ang. Lantham, MD: University Press of America, 1966. Includes new archaeological findings of last ten years.
  • Kessler, Adam, et al. Empires Beyond the Great Wall: The Heritage of Genghis Khan. Los Angeles: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 1994.
  • Keswick, Maggie. The Chinese Garden: History, Art, and Architecture. Third edition. Revised by Alison Hardie. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.
  • Li, Xueqin. The Wonder of Chinese Bronzes. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 1980.
  • Morris, Edwin. The Gardens of China: History, Art, and Meanings. New York: Scribner's, 1983.
  • Morris, Jan. "A Scholar's Garden in Ming China: Dream and Reality," Asian Art 3, 4 (Fall 1990): 31-51.
  • Murray, Julia. Ma Hezhi and the Illustration of the Book of Odes. Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  • Pirazzoli-t'Serstevens, Michele. The Han Dynasty. Translated by Janet Seligman. New York: Rizzoli, 1982.
  • Powers, Martin. Art and Political Expression in Early China. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.
  • Sickman, Laurence, & Alexander Soper. The Art and Architecture of China. Penguin Books, 1971.
  • Steinhardt, Nancy Shatzman. Chinese Imperial City Planning. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
  • Steinhardt, Nancy Schatzman, ed. A History of Chinese Architecture. Contributions by Fu Xinian, Guo Daiheng, Liu Xujie, Pan Guxi, Qiao Yun, and Sun Dazhang. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
  • Thorpe, Robert. Son of Heaven: Imperial Arts of China. Seattle: Son of Heaven Press, 1988.
  • Wu Hung. The Wu Liang Shrine. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1989.
  • ---. Monumentality in Early Chinese Art and Architecture. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
  • ---, and Katherine Tsiang, eds. Body and Face in Chinese Visual Culture. Cambridge: Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2005.
  • Zhou, Xun, et al. 5000 Years of Chinese Costumes. San Francisco: China Books and Periodicals, 1987.

Chinese painting

  • Barnhart, Richard M., Yang Xin, Nie Chongzheng, James Cahill, Lang Shaojun, and Wu Hong. Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.
  • Bickford, Maggie. Ink Plum: The Making of a Chinese Scholar-Painting Genre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
  • Bush, Susan. The Chinese Literati on Painting: Su Shih (1037-1101) to Tung Ch'i-ch'ang (1555-1636). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971.
  • Cahill, James. Chinese Painting. New York: Rizzoli, 1977.
  • ---. The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Painting. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982.
  • ---. Fantastics and Eccentrics in Chinese Painting. New York: Arno Press, 1976.
  • ---. Hills Beyond a River: Chinese Painting of the Yuan Dynasty, 1279-1368. New York: Weatherhill, 1976.
  • ---. The Painter's Practice: How Artists Lived and Worked in Traditional China. New York: Columbua University Press, 1994.
  • ---. The Painting of Tao-chi 1641- Ca. 1720. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1967.
  • ---. Parting At the Shore: Chinese Painting of the Early and Middle Ming Dynasty, 1368-1580. New York: Weatherhill, 1978.
  • ---, ed. The Restless Landscape: Chinese Painting of the Late Ming Period. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971.
  • Chou, Ju-hsi, & Claudia Brown. The Elegant Brush: Chinese Painting Under the Qianlong Emperor. Phoenix: Phoenix Art Museum, 1985.
  • Dr?ge, Jean-Pierre (ed.). Images de Dunhuang: Dessins etpeintures surpapier desfonds Pelliot et Stein. Paris: Ecole franSaise d'Extreme-Orient, 1999.
  • Edwards, Richard, et al. The Art of Wen Cheng-ming (1470-1559). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1976.
  • Farmer, J. Michael. "Art, Education, & Power: Illustrations in the Stone Chamber of Wen Weng." T'oung Pao Volume 86 Numbers 1-3 2000: 100-135.
  • Fong, Wen. Returning Home: Tao-chi's Album of Landscapes and Flowers. New York: George Braziller, 1976.
  • Fraser, Sarah. Performing the Visual: The Practice of Buddhist Wall Painting in China and Central Asia, 618-960. Stanford University Press, 2004.
  • Fu, Marilyn, & Shen Fu. Studies in Connoisseurship: Chinese Paintings from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1973.
  • Harrist, Robert Jr. Painting and Private Life in Eleventh-Century China: Mountain Villa by Li Gonglin. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.
  • Ho, Wai-kam, et al. Eight Dynasties of Chinese Painting: The Collections of the Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1980.
  • ---, et al. The Century of Tung Ch'i-ch'ang 1555-1636. 2 vols. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1992.
  • Knauer, Elfriede Regina. The Camel's Load in Life and Death: Iconography and Ideology of Chinese Pottery Figures from Han to Tang and Their Relevance to Trade along the Silk Routes. Zurich: Akanthus Verlag fur Archaologie, 1998.
  • Lee, Sherman. Chinese Landscape Painting. Second Edition. New Yok: Harper & Row, 1962.
  • Liscomb, Kathlyn. Learning From Mt. Hua: A Chinese Physician's Illustrated Travel Record and Painting Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  • Mair, Victor. Painting and Performance: Chinese Picture Recitation and Its Indian Genesis. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997.
  • Murray, Julia K. Mirror of Morality: Chinese Narrative Illustration and Confucian Ideology. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2007.
  • Osvald, Siren. Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles. London, 1956-58.
  • Sullivan, Michael. The Arts of China. Revised edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977.
  • ---. Chinese Landscape Painting. Vol. 2. The Sui and T'ang Dynasties. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980.
  • Tregear, Mary. Chinese Art. N.Y.:Oxford University Press, 1980.
  • Wang, Tzi-Cheng. "Wu Zhen's Poetic Inscriptions on Paintings." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies Vol. 64 No. 2 2001: 208-239.
  • Weidner, Marsha, ed. Flowering in the Shadows: Women in the History of Chinese and Japanese Painting. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
  • Whitfield, Roderick. In Pursuit of Antiquity: Chinese Paintings of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1969.

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