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Chinese Writing and Calligraphy
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Suitable for college and high school students and those learning on their own, this fully illustrated coursebook provides comprehensive instruction in 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: 1) descriptions of Chinese characters and their components, including stroke types, layout patterns, and indications of sound and meaning; 2) basic brush techniques; and 3) 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 free-hand 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 characters.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Chapter One: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. Chapter Two: Writing Instruments and Training Procedures
  2. pp. 20-37
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  1. Chapter Three: Brush Techniques and Basic Strokes I
  2. pp. 38-49
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  1. Chapter Four: Brush Techniques and Basic Strokes II
  2. pp. 50-60
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  1. Chapter Five: Basic Strokes III and Stroke Order
  2. pp. 61-72
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  1. Chapter SIx: The Formation of Chinese Characters
  2. pp. 73-83
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  1. Chapter Seven: The Internal Structure of Characters and the Aesthetics of Writing
  2. pp. 84-99
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  1. Chapter Eight: The Development of Chinese Calligraphy I -- The Seal Scripts
  2. pp. 100-114
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  1. Chapter Nine: The Development of Chinese Calligraphy II -- The Clerical Script
  2. pp. 115-128
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  1. Chapter Ten: The Development of Chinese Calligraphy III -- The Regular Script
  2. pp. 129-139
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  1. Chapter Eleven: The Development of Chinese Calligraphy IV -- The Running and Cursive Styles
  2. pp. 140-154
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  1. Chapter Twelve: The Art of Composition
  2. pp. 155-174
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: The Yin and Yang of Chinese Calligraphy
  2. pp. 175-185
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: By Way of Conclusion -- Chinese Calligraphy in the Modern Era
  2. pp. 186-197
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  1. Appendix One: Brush Writing Exercises
  2. pp. 200-242
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  1. Appendix Two: Pinyin Pronunciation Guide
  2. pp. 243-246
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-250
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 251-254
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  1. References
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Books in English for Further Study
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-263
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 264
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