Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

Portions of this book were originally read as public lectures. Chapter2 was presented as “The View of Women in Early Confucianism” at the annual conference of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, Washington, D.C., December 29, 1998; at Stan-ford University, February 8, 1999; and at the University of California,...

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Introduction: The Aims of This Book

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pp. 1-7

This is a study of intellectual conceptions of sex and sexuality in China from roughly 500 B.C. to A.D. 400. Ancient Chinese writers dis-cussed sex openly and seriously as one of the most important topics of human speculation. This sophisticated and long-standing ...

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1. Imagery of Copulation

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pp. 8-47

Some of the oldest and most problematic love poems in the Chinese tradition are those contained in the anthology called Canon of Odes (Shih-ching), one of the most venerable collections in the Confucian...

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2. Women and Sex Roles

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pp. 48-74

It has become something of a scholarly commonplace to criticize traditional Chinese thought—and especially traditional Confucian thought—for its repressive and deprecating stereotypes of women.1...

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3. Sex, Politics, and Ritualization in the Early Empire

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pp. 75-110

The career of the historian Ssu-ma Ch’ien (145?–86? B.C.) took a fateful turn in 99 B.C. His contemporary Li Ling (d. 74 B.C.) was a general who had had great success in fighting the Hsiungnu...

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Epilogue: Privacy and Other Revolutionary Notions at the End of the Han

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pp. 111-122

The last century of Han rule saw a dismal succession of ineffectual emperors and a national bureaucracy paralyzed by factionalism and resentful of what it perceived as the inappropriate rise in the power of...

Notes

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pp. 123-192

Bibliography

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pp. 193-224

Index

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pp. 225-231

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About the Author

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p. 232

PAUL RAKITA GOLDIN, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, teaches Chinese history and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi (1999) and numerous articles...