Resisting Manchukuo: Chinese Women Writers and the Japanese Occupation

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UBC Press, Nov 1, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
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Norman Smith reveals the literary world of Japanese-occupied Manchuria (Manchukuo, 1932-45) and examines the lives, careers, and literary legacies of seven prolific Chinese women writers during the period. Smith shows how a complex blend of fear and freedom produced an environment in which Chinese women writers could articulate dissatisfaction with the overtly patriarchal and imperialist nature of the Japanese cultural agenda while working in close association with colonial institutions.

The first book in English on women's history in twentieth-century Manchuria, Resisting Manchukuo adds to a growing literature that challenges traditional understandings of Japanese colonialism.

 

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Contents

1 Chinese Women and Cultural Production in a Japanese Colonial Context
3
2 Foundations of Colonial Rule in Manchukuo and the Woman Question
20
3 Manchukuos ChineseLanguage Literary World
41
4 Forging Careers in Manchukuo
61
5 Disrupting the Patriarchal Foundations of Manchukuo
85
6 Contesting Colonial Society
106
7 The Collapse of Empire and Careers
126
8 Resisting Manchukuo
138
Notes
144
Bibliography
170
Index
185
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Norman Smith is an assistant professor of history at the University of Guelph.

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