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The Cult of Happiness: Nianhua, Art, and History in Rural North China

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History and art come together in this definitive discussion of the Chinese woodblock print form of nianhua, literally "New Year pictures." By analyzing the role of nianhua first in the home and later in commercial and political theatres, James Flath relates these artworks to the social, cultural, and political milieu of North China as it was between the late Qing dynasty and the early 1950s. Among the first studies in any field to treat folk art and folk print as historical text, The Cult of Happiness offers original ...

The Cult of Happiness: Nianhua, Art, and History in Rural North China 2004, University of Washington Press, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780295984087

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