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Women's Poetry of Late Imperial China

Transforming the Inner Chambers

by Xiaorong Li

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: University of Washington Press


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pp. 1-7


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pp. 8-9

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pp. ix-xi

The journey of the making of this book started at McGill University, where I met Professor Grace S. Fong and took her course “Ming-Qing Women’s Writings” in 1999. When she recommended this course to ...

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pp. 3-19

On a spring day in 1929, Hu Shi (1891–1962), one of the most prominent writers and scholars of twentieth-century China, was at home examining a comprehensive catalog of Qing women’s writings edited ...

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1. The Green Window: The Boudoir in Poetic Convention

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pp. 20-51

The boudoir as a poetic convention had long been established in both the shi and ci genres by the late imperial era. These two forms have different generic conventions, but they share some common ground in ...

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2. A New Feminine Ideal: The Case of The Anthology of Correct Beginnings

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pp. 52-85

Women’s writing was connected not only with the literary past but also more directly and substantially with the authors’ contemporary world and society. The ideological prescription of the gui was not ...

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3. Convention and Intervention: The Lyrical World of Gu Zhenli

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pp. 86-114

The women poets anthologized in The Anthology of Correct Beginnings by Inner-Chamber Talents of the Present Dynasty represented a new literary force and collectively reinscribed the space of the boudoir with their own sociohistorical experiences and ...

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4. Inside Out: The Gui in Times of Chaos

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pp. 115-144

Consigned to the inner, domestic sphere, women were supposed to be not only circumscribed by gender-based conventions of etiquette but also physically protected from dangers and threats from the ...

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5. The Old Boudoir and the “New Woman”: The Late Qing and Early Republican Era

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pp. 145-178

Social and political turmoil in the late imperial period affected women’s lives, engendering changes in their conceptions and poetic depictions of the gui. Whether nostalgic about their formerly peaceful lives ...

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pp. 179-185

Multiple strata of social and cultural forces have shaped the meaning of texts written by late imperial Chinese women, but their distinctive approach to poetry writing lies in the ways in which each writing ...


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pp. 187-209

Glossary of Chinese Characters

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pp. 211-214


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pp. 215-230


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pp. 231-236

E-ISBN-13: 9780295804439
E-ISBN-10: 0295804432
Print-ISBN-13: 9780295992051
Print-ISBN-10: 0295992050

Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 842882423
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  • Chinese literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
  • Chinese literature -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644 -- History and criticism.
  • Chinese literature -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912 -- History and criticism.
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