Men and Women in Qing China: Gender in the Red Chamber Dreams

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BRILL, 1994 - Social Science - 181 pages
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"Men and Women in Qing China" is an analysis of Chinese prescriptions of gender as represented in Cao Xueqin's famous eighteenth century Chinese novel of manners, "The Red Chamber Dream" or "The Story of the Stone," Drawing on feminist literary critical methods it examines Qing notions of masculinity and femininity, including themes such as bisexuality, motherhood, virginity and purity, and gender and power. Its central aim is to challenge the common assumption that the novel represents some form of early Chinese feminism by examining the text in conjunction with historical data. The book will be especially important to those interested in issues of gender in China, the history of Chinese literary criticism and the application of feminist theory to the Asian text.
 

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Contents

Hongxue Before 1949
10
Jia Baoyu s Bisexuality
33
Young Women and Prescriptions of Purity
50
Young Women and Power
68
Comparisons with
87
Unrestrained Indulgent Mothers
113
Responsible or Degenerate
130
Hongxue After 1949 and Gender Equality
142
Bibliography of English Materials
162
Bibliography of Chinese Materials
168
Index
176
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Louise P. Edwards, Ph.D. (1993, Griffith University) held a postdoctoral fellowship at Queensland University and currently lectures in Asian Studies at Australian Catholic University. Publications include "Bibliography of English Translations and Critiques of Contemporary Chinese Fiction 1945-1992" co-authored with Kam Louie.

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