Heroines of Jiangyong: Chinese narrative ballads in women's script

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University of Washington Press, 2009 - History - 181 pages
Heroines of Jiangyong is the first English translation of a set of verse narratives recorded in the unique women's script (nushu) of rural Jiangyong Country, Hunan, in southern China. This folk literature provides a rare window into the everyday life of rural daughters, wives, and mothers, as they transmit valuable lessons about surviving in a protagonists society that is often harsh and unforgiving. Featuring strong female protagonists, the ballads deal with moral issues, dangers women face outside the family home, and the difficulties of childbirth.

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Wilt L. Idema currently teaches Chinese literature at Harvard University. Among his most recent publications are A Guide to Chinese Literature (with Lloyd Haft) and The Red Brush: Writing Women in Imperial China (with Beata Grant).

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