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Chinese Writing and Calligraphy
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Wendan Li
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Chinese Writing and Calligraphy

Wendan Li


Hawaii University Press

Historical & comparative linguistics;
Lettering & calligraphy;
Languages & ESL


324 pages

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This fully illustrated course book provides a comprehensive description of the history and practical techniques of Chinese calligraphy. No previous knowledge of the language is required to follow the text or complete the lessons. The work covers three major areas: descriptions of Chinese characters and their components, including stroke types, layout patterns, and indications of sound and meaning; basic brush techniques and the art of composing calligraphy pieces; and, the social, cultural, historical, and philosophical underpinnings of Chinese calligraphy - all of which are crucial to understanding and appreciating this art form. Students practice brush writing as they progress from tracing to copying to freehand writing. Model characters are marked to indicate meaning and stroke order, and well-known model phrases are shown in various script types, allowing students to practice different calligraphic styles. Beginners will find the author's advice on how to avoid common pitfalls in writing brush strokes invaluable. Chinese Writing and Calligraphy will be welcomed by both students and instructors in need of an accessible text on learning the fundamentals of the art of writing Chinese calligraphy.

By:   Wendan Li
Imprint:   Hawaii University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   590g
ISBN:   9780824833640
ISBN 10:   0824833643
Pages:   324
Publication Date:   June 2010
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Language:   Chinese
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Wendan Li is associate professor of Chinese language and linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

If it is the case that every extended program of Chinese Studies should offer a course on the history and practice of calligraphy, so critical traditionally was the art in cultural terms, then the book under review is probably the ideal textbook. . . . [It is] an approachable and engaging introduction to the 'Way of Writing.' Informed by much of the best recent scholarship in Chinese and English in the field, the book is nonetheless written in a manner that would make it appropriate for students studying Chinese both in their final years at high school and in their early undergraduate years at university.-- New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies

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