In Accumulating Culture, Patricia Ebrey, challenges traditional historiography on Emperor Huizong (r. –) of the Northern Song. She reassesses. Main Author: Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, Language(s): English. Published: Seattle: University of Washington Press, c Subjects: Song Huizong. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Accumulating Culture: The Collections of Emperor Huizong (review) | Zhang Yanyuan (ninth century), one of the earliest.
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Accumulating Culture. The Collections of Emperor Huizong
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: While Ebrey recognizes that at times relations were strained between Huizong and the scholar-officials, she argues that his catalogues and the Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. This is a magisterial undertaking. This new member of the bureaucracy often came culfure conflict with the established career official.
By transforming the accumlating examinations into the primary avenue for attaining positions in government, they established a means for recognizing the accomplishments of scholars; they also enhanced the power of the remonstrative offices, which were axcumulating by members of this scholar-official class. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.
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Ebrey argues that in purpose and form they are reminiscent of the catalogs of things that were the province of scholars: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.
Not uncommonly, imperial guizong is interpreted in modern scholarship as a dimension of statecraft, but Ebrey specifically examines it as a medium whereby emperors patronized the educated class and its values.
Emperors had at their disposal a repertoire of cultural means to build the relationships necessary for a civil rather than a military power base. Ebrey has situated Emperor Huizong and his mega-collecting activities within this historical environment. The Collections of Emperor Huizong.
University of Washington Press, Several Song-dynasty rulers practiced calligraphy, wrote poetry, and personally participated in literati social behavior—by organizing gatherings for viewing books and art, for example. Accumualting from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
Contemporary scholarship argues cculture as the scholar-officials gained political power, they articulated their identity, not through wholesale replication of court culture, but through alternative artistic practices that were often defined against imperial production and hhuizong a means to challenge it.
Celebrated painters of all the dynasties with the pronouncement that, “As for painting, it perfects the civilizing teachings of the Sages and helps to maintain social relationships. It also emerges as the key used by this book for interpreting evidence on the influence of scholars on aristocratic collecting practices: For example, members of opposing factions were brought together at cultural social events in the palace library, at private parties in his rarefied chambers, and at royal banquets, designed to replicate Zhou dynasty ceremonial dinners in his grand clarity edifice in order to view and discuss Huizong’s collection.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. Zhang Yanyuan ninth centuryone of the earliest historians of Chinese art, opened his magnus opus Lidai ming huaji.
In institutional terms they patronized education by supporting Confucian learning and schools and implementing projects to collate and empegor books. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. Often relations between emperors and scholar-officials were antagonistic, yet some emperors, such as Wang Anshicourted reform-minded scholar-officials, vigorously endorsing their policies in efforts to advance both society and imperial authority.
Whether private or institutional, collecting was inherently complicated by the power relations between Accumulating Culture demonstrates how Huizong used accumuating collections to negotiate complex relationships with traditional aristocratic members at court while accommodating new constructions of culture.
During the reigns of Emperor Huizong’s predecessors, the Northern Song dynasty had inducted into the bureaucracy, in significant numbers, a new type of official, the scholar-official. The latter, like the Chinese emperor himself, had inherited his elevated rank through aristocratic lineage and [End Page 98] was generally seen as part of the imperium.
Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Ebrey views these activities as less overtly political than debating policies. University of Washington Press, For Ebrey, Emperor Huizong was not merely a collector—he was the definition of culture, a political agent who, in addition to consuming art objects, also actively commissioned catalogues of his collections. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.
View freely available titles: The artistic practices the collectionss generated are now referred to in common academic parlance as “literati culture. This bureaucrat obtained his prestigious position by demonstrating a mastery of the Chinese classics in the institutionalized civil service examination system. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
These catalogues were not a mere inventory of positive data listing his possessions, but served to bring together traditional scholars, scholar-officials, and the emperor to discuss culture and inscribe it for perpetuity.
Chapter 5 considers the central role of literati scholarship in the management of imperial collections, with a focus on the Palace Library and its scholar-curators, such as Dong You and Huang Bosi. Project MUSE Mission Cuoture MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
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