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Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture #30: Gardens and Imagination: Cultural History and Agency

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From mirroring the true reality of God in Sufi Persia to the enjoyment of fictitious identities in Rome or present-day Granada, the ways of imagination in gardens are infinitely varied. This book explores how gardens could be imagined, and also how they could be used to trigger the imagination by very different cultures in Japan, China, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, Spain, and Israel. This multicultural approach reveals surprising features of the process of imagining a garden: the various aspects of the world that gardens may mirror, the role of cultural changes, and the unsuspected links between garden materiality, practices, and imagination. It reveals how garden imagination is fraught with ambiguities that give a sense of freedom to garden users but may entrap their thoughts within frames specific to each culture.

About the Author

?Michel Conan is the former Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction. Methods and Perspectives for the Study of Gardens and their Reception, by Michael Conan
  • Performative Roles
  • Chapter 1. The Traces of the Traces: Reflections of the Garden in the Persian Mystical Imagination, by Maria Eva Subtelny
  • Chapter 2. Body and Imagination in Urban Gardens of Song and Yuan, by Stephen West
  • Chapter 3. Sons’ Memorial Gardens and the Israeli Cultural Imagination, by Tal Alon Mozes
  • Cultural Constructions
  • Chapter 4. Gardens – Real and Imagined – in the Social Ecology of Early Modern Ottoman Culture, by Walter Andrews
  • Chapter 5. Landscapes of Ruin and the Imagination in the Antiquarian Gardens of Renaissance Rome, by Kathleen Christian
  • Chapter 6. Perception and Representation of Famous Sites in Japanese Culture: The Significance of Meisho in Landscape and Garden Imagination, by Sylvie Brosseau
  • Dialectics of Fiction and Life
  • Chapter 7. The Country Estate and Russian Literary Imagination (1761–1917), by Ekaterina Dmitrieva
  • Chapter 8. Mirrors and Windows: Fictional Imagination in Later Chinese Garden Culture, by Richard Strassberg
  • Individual Processes
  • Chapter 9. “Mt. Sumeru in a Mustard Seed”: Imagery and Polemics in Wang Shizhen’s Garden Essays, by Yinong Xu
  • Chapter 10. Dramatizing Garden Imagination in Baroque Spain, by Maryrica Ortiz Lottman
  • Contributors
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780884023357
Author:
Conan, Michel
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Other:
Henry E Huntington Library and Art Galle
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Symbolic aspects
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Garden Design
Subject:
Gardens -- Symbolic aspects.
Subject:
Architecture-Landscape Architecture
Subject:
GARDENING / Garden Design
Subject:
GARDENING / Landscape
Copyright:
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium Series in the History of Landscape Architecture
Series Volume:
30
Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
80 color illustrations, 33 black and whi
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
10.40x9.40x1.10 in. 2.75 lbs.

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