Of Body & Brush Grand Sacrifice as Text/Performance in Eighteen-Century China
- List Price: $77.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 01/01/1998
- ISBN: 9780226987286
- ISBN10: 0226987280
Forging a critical cultural-historical method that challenges traditional categories of Chinese studies, Zito shows for the first time that in their performance, the ritual texts embodied, literally, the metaphysics upon which imperial power rested. By combining rule through the brush (the production of ritual texts) with rule through the body (mandated performance), the throne both exhibited its power and attempted to control resistance to it. Bridging Chinese history, anthropology, religion, and performance and cultural studies, Zito brings an important new perspective to the human sciences in general.