Gender and Chinese History
278 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Feb 2017
Release Date:30 Jun 2015

Gender and Chinese History

Transformative Encounters

Edited by Beverly Bossler
University of Washington Press
Until the 1980s, a common narrative about women in China had been one of victimization: women had dutifully endured a patriarchal civilization for thousands of years, living cloistered, uneducated lives separate from the larger social and cultural world, until they were liberated by political upheavals in the twentieth century. Rich scholarship on gender in China has since complicated the picture of women in Chinese society, revealing the roles women have played as active agents in their families, businesses, and artistic communities. The essays in this collection go further by assessing the ways in which the study of gender has changed our understanding of Chinese history and showing how the study of gender in China challenges our assumptions about China, the past, and gender itself.
This anthology sets a new benchmark for the creative and rigorous use of a broad range of sources to extend the scope of gender-focused enquiry in Chinese late imperial history. It will be read with benefit by students and scholars of comparative modernities, comparative gender issues, as well as Chinese social and political history. Anne E. McLaren, China Review International: A Journal of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in Chinese Studies
This collection of groundbreaking essays delivers enough inspiration not only for expanding gender-related historic studies in new directions, but also for questioning some of the well-established assumptions within the academic field, as well as popular gender stereotypes.
Justyna Jagu cik, Asiatische Studien/ Etudes Asiatiques
Beverly Bossler is a professor of history at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity: Gender and Social Change in China, 1000-1400 and Powerful Relations: Kinship, Status, and the State in Sung China (960-1279).

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Part One: Early Modern Evolutions

1 Les Noces Chinoises / Ann Waltner

2 The Control of Female Energies / Guotong Li

3 Collecting Masculinity / Yulian Wu

4 Writing Love / Weijing Lu

Part Two: “Cloistered Ladies” to New Women

5 “Media-Savvy” Gentlewomen of the 1870’s and Beyond / Ellen Widmer

6 The Fate of the Late Imperial “Talented Woman” / Joan Judge

7 Moving to Shanghai / Yan Wang

Part Three: Radicalism and Ruptures

8 The Life of a Slogan / Emily Honig

9 Bad Transmission / Gail Hershatter

Glossary of Chinese Characters; Bibliography; Index

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