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Writing the History of the GlobalChallenges for the Twenty-First Century$
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Maxine Berg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265321

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265321.001.0001

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The art of global comparisons

The art of global comparisons

(p.165) 11 The art of global comparisons
Writing the History of the Global

Craig Clunas

British Academy

This chapter considers comparison made hitherto between Western and Chinese art. Mieke Bal has argued that comparison becomes a ground for relative judgement; it establishes hierarchies and distracts from looking. The chapter considers attitudes to Chinese art before and after the Second World War. Chinese art was part of the syllabus before and after that war, and was excluded thereafter. It was relegated to the marginal place of the exotic arts. Mieke Bal has argued that comparison should not be an instrument of judgement, but a source of differentiation.

Keywords:   Chinese art, Mieke Bal, comparison, judgement, hierarchies, Courtauld, Bernard Berenson

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