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Teachers of the inner chambers : women and culture in seventeenth-century China

Author: Dorothy Ko
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rejecting popular image and accepted scholarship on the status of women in premodern China, this pathbreaking work argues that literate gentrywomen in seventeenth-century Jiangnan were far from oppressed or silenced. As writers, readers, editors, and teachers, these women created a rich culture and meaningful existence from within the constraints of the male-dominated Confucian system. The author reconstructs the
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy Ko
ISBN: 0804723583 9780804723589 0804723591 9780804723596
OCLC Number: 29794280
Notes: "Character list" and "Works cited" in transliterated and untransliterated Chinese.
Description: ix, 395 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Selected Reign Periods of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, 1522-1795 --
Map of Jiangnan Area --
Introduction: Gender and the Politics of Chinese History --
pt. 1. Social and Private Histories. 1. In the Floating World: Women and Commercial Publishing. 2. The Enchantment of Love in The Peony Pavilion --
pt. 2. Womanhood. 3. Margins of Domesticity: Enlarging the Woman's Sphere. 4. Talent, Virtue, and Beauty: Rewriting Womanhood --
pt. 3. Women's Culture. 5. Domestic Communities: Male and Female Domains. 6. Social and Public Communities: Genealogies Across Time and Space. 7. Transitory Communities: Courtesan, Wife, and Professional Artist.
Responsibility: Dorothy Ko.
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