Pages: 132Book format: B5Year of Publication: 2006
In Praise of Blandness Proceeding from Chinese Thought and Aesthetics
Jullien traces the elusive appearance and crucial value of blandness from its beginnings in the Daoist and Confucian traditions to its integration into literary and visual aesthetics in the late-medieval period and beyond. Gradually developing into a positive quality in Chinese aesthetic and ethical traditions, the bland comprises the harmonious and unnameable union of all potential values, embodying a reality whose very essence is change and providing an infinite opening into the breadth of human expression and taste.
More than just a cultural history, In Praise of Blandness invites those both familiar and unfamiliar with Chinese culture to explore the resonances of the bland in literary, philosophical, and religious texts and to witness how all currents of Chinese thought -- Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism -- converge in harmonious accord.
ed. Krystyna Slany, Justyna Struzik, Magdalena Ślusarczyk, Beata Kowalska, Marta Warat, Ewa Krzaklewska, Ewelina Ciaputa, Anna Ratecka, Agnieszka Król