Divine Resonance: Chinese andIndian Theories of Aesthetics
Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Pennsylvania
A curious feature of esthetic interpretation in China is that yun (“harmonious sound”) or shenyun (“spirit resonance”), which is primarily an auditory phenomenon, is also used with reference to visual arts such as calligraphy and painting. What is doubly curious is that there are striking resemblances between (shen)yun and the Indian esthetic notion of dhvani (“[evocative / suggestive] sound; resonance”). This lecture explores the nature of shenyun, its resemblance to dhvani, and its unique aspects as a quintessential tenet of Chinese esthetics.
Victor H. Mair is Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching since 1979. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College (B.A. magna cum laude 1965), the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London (B.A. Hon. 1972, M.Phil. 1984), and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1976).
Friday, April 17, 2009
at 5:30 pm
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