A study of landscape pattern and geographical imagination in Forty Scenes of Jinling

Abstract: The Forty Scenes of Jinling, led by Zhu Zhifan, is a masterpiece in the creation of scenic spots in the Ming Dynasty. This set of works presents the "imaginary reality" of the place with text information such as history, poem inscription and images of scenic spots. With the help of digital technologies such as GIS and text analysis, this project explores the combined features of "space-theme" in the scenic cluster of Jinling. First, based on historical data such as ancient maps and local Chronicles and ArcGIS, the project team recovered the landscape elements and spatial locations in the image of Forty Scenes of Jinling, and summarized the landscape combination mode of landmark landscapes at different scales by combining the image expression. Secondly, through the use of poetry texts and other materials for text analysis, on the basis of high-frequency word statistics and semantic network analysis, the literary theme and semantic characteristics of the 40 scenes in Jinling are clarified. Finally, combined with GIS spatial visualization, the landscape spatial characteristics of different literary themes are obtained, and the "space-culture" mechanism of local humanistic landscape construction is explored.

# Team members

  • Chen Ke, Upcoming master's student in Ancient Chinese History, Peking University
  • GUO Shicong, Mphil student in Theory of Art & Culture, Nanjing University
  • LIU Tong, Mphil student in Urban and Rural Planning, Chongqing University
  • MENG Jiao, PhD student in Chinese history, Fudan University
  • ZHEN Weili, PhD student in Chinese phonology, Fudan University

# Supervisors