in China: the Republican
Mechthild Leutner and
Nicola Spakowski (eds.), 2007
QUESTIONS OF THEORY
WOMEN AND THE
STATE/WOMEN AND THE NATION
"Seeing Neither the Past Nor the Future: The Trouble of Positioning
Women in Modern China"
"The Paradox of Autonomy: Nation, Revolution, and Women through the
Chinese Looking Glass"
"Women's, Gender and Mainstream Studies on Republican China: Problems
in Theory and Research"
"Knowledge is Easy -- Action is Difficult: The Case of Chinese
Anarchist Discourse on Women and Gender Relations and Its Practical
"Opposition to Women's Suffrage in China: Confronting Modernity in
"Women's Military Participation in the Communist Movement of the 1930s
1940s: Patterns of Inclusion and Exclusion"
Helen Praeger Young
"Threads from Long March Stories: The Political, Economic and Social
Experiences of Women Soldiers"
POLITICAL WOMEN AND
THEIR POSTHUMOUS CAREERS
"Qiu Jin (1875-1907) -- A Heroine for All Seasons"
"Jiang Qing and Nora: Drama and Politics in the Republican Period"
AND DISCOURSES OF OTHERNESS
Maria Jaschok, Shui
"Gender, Religion and Little Traditions: Henanese Women Singing Minguo"
"Contemporary Discourses on Homosexuality in Republican China: A
Critical Analysis of Terminology and Current Research"
WOMEN IN SOCIAL AND
ECONOMIC LIFE: DISCOURSES AND
Tani E. Barlow
"Wanting Some: Commodity Desire and the Eugenic Modern Girl"
"Unvirtuous Exchanges: Women and the Corruptions of the Shanghai Stock
Market in the Early Republican Era"
" 'Women Returning Home' -- A Topic of Chinese Women's Liberation"
"Women and Gender in the Rural Modernization Movement: A Case Study of
Ding County (1912-37)"
Christina K. Gilmartin, Isabel Crook
"Marriage Reform, Rural Women and the Chinese State during World War
Education, and the 'New Woman': The Experiences of
Female Graduates in Republican China"
Education and the Media in Modern China"
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AND MODERNITY: GENDER, GENRE, AND COSMOPOLITANISM IN LATE QING CHINA',
edited by Grace S. Fong, Nanxiu Qian, Harriet Zurndorfer, and features
the following articles:
Susan L. Mann
Grace S. Fong
'Alternative Modernities, or a
of Modern China: The Challenging Trajectory of Lü Bicheng's
(1883-1943) Life and Song Lyrics'
'Borrowing Foreign Mirrors and Candles
Illuminate Chinese Civilization': Xue Shaohui's Moral Vision in the
Biographies of Foreign Women'
Joan Judge 'Blended
Wish Images: Chinese and
Women at the Turn of the Twentieth Century'
'Inflecting Gender: Zhan Kai/Siqi
Novels" and Courtesan Sketches'
Legend of Miaoshan
Glen Dudbridge. Oxford Oriental Monographs, 2004.
a Review by Carolyn Ford
Chinese legend, the princess Miaoshan defied her father by refusing to
marry, and pursued her austere religious vocation to the death, but
to life to be his saviour and the saviour of all mankind. The story is
inseparable from the female bodhisattva Guanyin, whose cult dominated
religious life at all levels in traditional China and is still powerful
rural China today. Miaoshan herself became a lasting symbol of the
in women's lives between individual spiritual fulfilment and the
of family duty. The previous edition of this book was the first full
monograph on the subject. It deals with the story's background, early
history, and more developed later versions, bringing much of this
to the attention of modern readers for the first time. It analyses the
sources, many of them in Buddhist scripture, and the overall pattern of
development. It finally offers a range of interpretations which
here myths of religious celibacy, of filial piety, and of ritual
of the dead. The legend of Miaoshan spans the uncertain boundaries
Chinese popular literature, theatre, and religion, and this book
addresses students of those fields. But it holds a larger significance
those interested in the position of women in traditional society, and
students of comparative literature and folklore will find here a
the 'King Lear' story. This new edition takes account of epigraphical
evidence, discovered and accessed since the time of first publication,
enriches and refines the discussion. This and other additional
introduced for the sake of a more complete picture, leave the argument
conclusions of the original study still essentially intact.
in China: A Reading of
Daria Berg. E. J. Brill, 2002.
As if under the
satirical magnifying glass, the Xingshi
an anonymous traditional Chinese novel, portrays local society and
provincial life in seventeenth-century China in comic and grotesque
close-up. A dystopian satire, the novel provides fascinating insights
into the popular culture and imagination of men and women in late
imperial China. Part One, 'Curing the World: Images of the
Healer', investigates the topsy-turvy world of physicians, bell
doctors, the clergy, and lay healers. Part Two, 'Governing the
World: Representations of the Elite', looks at representations of
students, teachers, scholar-cum-merchants, patrons of scholarship and
scholar-officials. Part Three, 'Saving the World: Visions of the
Great Mother', explores the image of the reformer, saint and
saviour. Using an array of sources-- fiction, poetry, texts on medical
ethics, religious thought, political and philosophical treatises,
morality books and local gazetteers-- Carnival
style of reading that explores how seventeenth-century Chinese
citizens perceived their world. Through their eyes, we gain access to
their desires, dreams, fears and nightmares. This book will be useful
to anyone interested in Chinese literature,
history, popular religion, medical ethics, education, local
government, women and gender.
of Women in Chinese
Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period to the Song Dynasty.
Robin Wang (ed.). Hackett Publishing Company, March 2003.
collection of writings--many translated
for this volume
and some available in English for the first time--traces the Chinese
understanding of women as discussed in texts spanning more than two
years, from the pre-Qin period through the Song dynasty. Works in a
of genres focus on women in terms of such topics as human nature,
virtue, cosmology, and social roles. The general Introduction
the patterns that emerge and briefly discusses the cultural background
the selections. A short headnote introduces each work.
Women Organizing for
Change: A New
Wave of the Chinese Women's Movement.
Milwertz. NIAS Press, 2002.
and quasi-independent organizing in China really began earliest in the
women's community but the importance of this 15-year experience has not
been documented adequately. The book first introduces the emergence
since the mid-1980s of new types of women's organization in China from
the earlier situation of the All-China Women's Federation 'monopoly'.
It then focuses on selected organizations and networks (such as the
Women's Research Institute and the Jinglun Family Centre) and for the
first time provides detailed descriptions of their history,
organizational structure and work. The book concludes by discussing
these organizations' representation of gender interests and the role
they play in the establishment of civil society. The stories to be told
in this study - profoundly moving stories of commitment, frustration
and creativity - have implications for civil society theory. They will
also provide a wonderfully grounding empirical study for those in the
women's movement who have sometimes strayed far from the practical
results to which theories are supposed to lead.
Women and Rural
Years of Change in Lu Village, Yunnan.
Bossen. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002.
Rich in historical
perspective on women and men in
of economic development, this ethnography provides a unique window on
rural China since the 1930s. Laurel Bossen uses her detailed knowledge
to explore theories regarding such momentous changes as the demise of
footbinding, the transformation and feminization of farming, the rise
of family planning, and the question of missing daughters.
anthropological research conducted during
in Lu Village and informed by the classic 1930s study of the same
village by Fei Xiaotong, China's most famous anthropologist, Chinese
Women and Rural Development goes beyond the enduring myths and
cardboard images of women as either victims or heroes. Highlighting
women's work in a complex farming economy and their choices in marriage
and family, the book portrays individuals confronting a variety of
changes, ranging from drastic to gradual, in their daily lives. Bossen
examines the economic, social, and political practices both upholding
and altering the boundaries of gender in the face of shifting state and
market forces over time. Throughout, Lu Village women defy stereotypes,
yet their stories, rooted in the reality of Yunnan province, express
the commonalities and continuities of gender in rural China.
Himmel, Ganzer Herd: Die
Wiederbelebung der Weiblichkeit. Eine Analyse des Diskurses
über "Frauenliteratur" im post-maoistischen China.".
Irmy Schweiger. Heidelberg: Wunderborn, 2001.
A book, written in
German, dealing with the
"women" and "women's literature" in the literary criticism of the 1980s
in the People's Republic of China.
muslims, queers. Edited
by Ping-Chun Hsiung, Maria
Jaschok and Cecilia Milwertz, with Red Chan. Oxford: Berg, 2001.
Review of Chinese
In the process of helping women to help themselves, female activists
have assumed a decisive role in negotiating social and political
transformations in Chinese society. This is the first book that
describes and analyses the new phase of women's organizing in China,
which started in the 1980s, and remains a vital force to the present
day. The political and social changes taking place in contemporary
Chinese society have, surprisingly, received scant attention. This
volume hopes to add to our understanding of the working of grassroots
democracy in China by exploring women's popular organizing activities
and their interaction with party-state institutions, By subjecting
these activities to both empirical inquiry and theoretical scrutiny, a
rigorous analysis of the exchange, dialogue, negotiation and
transformation among and within three groups of political actors -
popular women's groups, religious groups and the All China Women's
Federation - is concisely presented to the reader.