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Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905-1948 : Asia's Transformations (Hardcover) - Haiping Yan

Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905-1948

Asia's Transformations (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 27th April 2006
ISBN: 9780415232883
Number Of Pages: 299

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Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905-1948 provides a compelling study of leading women writers in modern China, charting their literary works and life journeys to examine the politics and poetics of Chinese transcultural feminism that exceed the boundaries of bourgeois feminist selfhood.

Unlike recent literary studies that focus on the discursive formation of the modern Chinese nation state and its gendering effects, Haiping Yan explores the radical degrees to which Chinese women writers re-invented their lives alongside their writings in distinctly conditioned and fundamentally revolutionary ways.

The book draws on these women's voluminous works and dramatic lives to illuminate the range of Chinese women's literary and artistic achievements and offers vital sources for exploring the history and legacy of twentieth-century Chinese feminist consciousness and its centrality in the Chinese Revolution. It will be of great interest to scholars of gender studies, literary and cultural studies and performance studies.

Industry Reviews

'...a powerfully written book that engages in a timely dialogue and debate with existing studies of Chinese women writers and women's writing; their meaning and significance with regard to the struggles of modern China; and the historical choices made in that violent first half of the twentieth century.' - Xueping Zhong, The Journal of Asian Studies

'Yan carefully balances historical inquiry and literary criticism to highlight the ways in which the writers aspired to overcome many of the pressures bearing on contemporary Chinese women ... Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination is an important complement to recent works by Tani Barlow and Nicole Huang.' - Norman Smith, Pacific Affairs, Winter 2006

"Yan Haiping's book is a welcome addition to the ongoing endeavor to reexamine women's recent literary past in the Chinese context." - Amy Dooling, Asian Theatre Journal 25, 2

Prefacep. xii
Introduction: On Empowermentp. 1
Unseen Rhythms, Sea Changesp. 12
Qiu Jin and Her Imaginaryp. 33
The Stars of Nightp. 69
Other Lifep. 100
War, Death, and the Art of Existencep. 135
Rhythms of the Unreal (I)p. 168
Rhythms of the Unreal (II)p. 200
Afterword: Then and Nowp. 241
Notesp. 243
Indexp. 290
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ISBN: 9780415232883
ISBN-10: 0415232880
Series: Asia's Transformations (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 27th April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.28 x 15.9  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1