Chapter

Landscape of Brush and Ink

Stephen McDowall

in Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090842
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207318 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090842.003.0003
Landscape of Brush and Ink

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Since mountains in traditional China served as both objects of worship and sites for ritualistic pilgrimage events, the image of the mountain has always been central in politics, arts, and other such competing practices. As mountains often have hills and waterways, the solid components of the landscape, mountains were often used to depict permanence and stability. Moreover, mountains have been perceived as the imperial realm's protectors and delineators. The most important of these were the mountains that comprised the Marchmounts system—Mounts Huo, Heng, Hua, Tai, Song, and Heng. As they represented the limits of the habitable world, these mountains formed the sites for the emperor's ritual tour. This chapter attempts to look at Yellow Mountain as it grew from discursive tradition through looking into the shifting meanings and fortunes of this mountain—meanings and fortunes that are dependent on textual representations.

Keywords: Marchmounts system; traditional China; Yellow Mountain; discursive tradition; textual representation; meanings

Chapter.  7342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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