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Dangerous Women : Warriors, Grannies, and Geishas of the Ming - Victoria B. Cass

Dangerous Women

Warriors, Grannies, and Geishas of the Ming


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Grannies, geishas, warriors, mystics, recluses, and predators_these are the dangerous women of traditional China. Through her exploration of the myth and history of the Ming, Victoria B. Cass brings their world brilliantly to life. In a culture that is resoundingly patriarchal, these women are a vivid counterpoint. Violating state-sponsored orthodoxies, the granny mocks and mimics, the geisha charms with her intellect, the warrior rules in icy superiority. Using new and freshly interpreted sources, the author leads us confidently into this surprising world, bolstering her erudite and engaging text with stunning color and black and white art of the period.

A fascinating read. This book makes Ming history come alive. Vicky Cass shows these extraordinary women full of energy and complexity.--Dorothy Ko, Rutgers University

List of Figures and Color Platesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Note on the Sources and on Translationp. xv
Timeline of Dynastiesp. xix
Background: The Great Ming, 1368-1644p. 1
Geishasp. 25
Granniesp. 47
Warriors and Mysticsp. 65
Predatorsp. 87
Recluses and Malcontentsp. 105
Conclusionp. 121
Notesp. 125
Bibliography of English Sourcesp. 139
Bibliography of Chinese Sourcesp. 147
Indexp. 151
About the Authorp. 156
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ISBN: 9780847693955
ISBN-10: 0847693953
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 17th November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.5  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.32