Different Worlds of Discourse: Transformations of Gender and Genre in Late Qing and Early Republican China

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Nanxiu Qian, Grace S. Fong, Richard Joseph Smith
BRILL, 2008 - Social Science - 415 pages
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During the late Qing reform era (1895-1912), women for the first time in Chinese history emerged in public space in collective groups. They assumed new social and educational roles and engaged in intense debates about the place of women in China's present and future. These debates found expression in new media, including periodicals and pictorials, which not only harnessed the power of existing cultural forms but also encouraged experimentation with a variety of new literary genres and styles - works increasingly produced by and for Chinese women. "Different Worlds of Discourse" explores the reform period from three interrelated and comparatively neglected perspectives: the construction of gender roles, the development of literary genres, and the emergence of new forms of print media.
 

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Different Worlds of Discourse Transformations of Gender and Genre in Late Qing and Early Republican China Nanxiu Qian Grace S Fong and Richa...
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PART ONE TRANSFORMATIONS OF GENDER ROLES
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1 Wang Zhaoyuan 17631851 and the Erasure of Talented Women by Liang Qichao Harriet T Zurndorfer
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2 Tossing the Brush? Wu Zhiying 18681934 and the Uses of Calligraphy Hu Ying
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Lü Bichengs Travel Writings on Mount Lu Grace S Fong
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Female Normal Schools and the Transformation of Womens Education in the Late Qing Period 18951911 Xiaoping Cong
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PART TWO TRANSFORMATIONS OF GENRES
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Biographies of Western Women and Their J apanese Sources in Late Qing China Joan Judge
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PART THREE THE PRODUCTION OF GENDER AND GENRES IN NEW PRINT MEDIA
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8 Women in Shenbaoguan Publications 187290 Rudolf G Wagner
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Generational Differences between 1898 and 1902 Women Reformers Nanxiu Qian
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10 Tianyi bao and He Zhens Views on Womens Revolution Xia Xiaohong Translated by Hu Ying
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Late Qing Education for Women as Portrayed in Beijing Pictorials 190208 Chen Pingyuan Translated by Anne S Chao
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Evidence from The Ladies Journal Siaochen Hu
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Suggested Bibliography
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About the Contributors
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6 Female Assassins Civilization and Technology in Late Qing Literature and Culture Jing Tsu
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The Central Dilemma of Zhan Kais Novel Bihai zhu Ellen Widmer
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Nanxiu Qian, Ph.D. (1994) in Literature, Yale University, is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Rice University. She has published on Classical Chinese literature and women and gender studies, including Spirit and Self in Medieval China: The Shih-shuo hsin-yü and Its Legacy (Hawai'i, 2001).Grace S. Fong, Ph.D. (1984) in Literature, University of British Columbia, is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at McGill University, Canada. She has published widely on Classical Chinese poetry and poetics and women's writing. Her most recent book is Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China (Hawai'i, 2008).Richard J. Smith, Ph.D. (1973) in History, University of California, Davis, is Rupp Professor of Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of 12 books, the most recent of which is Fathoming the Cosmos and Managing the World (UVA Press, 2008).

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