BOOK REVIEW: RETHINKING VISUAL NARRATIVES FROM ASIA Olivia Meehan – TAASA Review June 2015
Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives Alexandra Green (ed.) Hong Kong University Press, 2013 RRP USD35, paperback, 268 pages, colour and b/w illustrations This volume of essays is a welcome contribution to the study of visual narrative in Asian art.
It is the publication of research presented at the 2009 conference, Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives, hosted by the Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong.
The cohort of scholars is impressive, offering readers the opportunity to appreciate a wide range of expertise and insight into visual narrative from late 7th century Chinese cave painting to the Ramayana murals of Mattanceri Palace in Kerala. The task of approaching visual narrative, within the context of Asian art, is captivatingly outlined by editor and contributor Alexandra Green (Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia, British Museum) in her introductory text, which sets the tone for this diverse collection of papers...