This essay explores how landscape forms are used by writers, photographers, filmmakers, and other artists from inside and outside of China to represent environmental problems in that country. It considers the “landscape of desolation” as an ecocritical mode designed to change how people see and act in the world in relation to both the shifting status of “Chinese tradition” and to earlier moments in Euro-American landscape art, particularly the so-called New Topographics Movement of the 1970s.
Chinese Landscapes of Desolation
Corey Byrnes is Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Culture at Northwestern University. His first book, Fixing Landscape: A Techno-Poetic History of China’s Three Gorges, was published by Columbia University Press in 2018.
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Corey Byrnes; Chinese Landscapes of Desolation. Representations 1 August 2019; 147 (1): 124–160. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2019.147.1.124
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