Visual Hermeneutics and the Act of Turning the Leaf

Anne Burkus-Chasson

in Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520231269
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927797 | DOI:
Visual Hermeneutics and the Act of Turning the Leaf

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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

Chapter.  16014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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