Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities: A Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

The past two centuries have witnessed tremendous upheavals in every aspect of Chinese culture and society. At the level of everyday life, some of the most remarkable transformations have occurred in the realm of gender. Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities is a mix of illuminating historical and ethnographic studies of gender from the 1700s to the present.

The essays in this highly creative collection are organized in pairs that alternate in focus between femininity and masculinity, between subjects traditionally associated with feminism (such as family life) and those rarely considered from a gendered point of view (like banditry). The chapters provide a wealth of interesting detail on such varied topics as court cases involving widows and homosexuals; ideal spouses of early-twentieth-century radicals; changing images of prostitutes; the masculinity of qigong masters; sexuality in the era of reform; and the eroticization of minorities. While most of the essays were specifically written for this volume, a few are reprinted as a testament to their enduring value.

Exploring the central role of gender as an organizing principle of Chinese social life, Chinese Femininities/ Chinese Masculinities is an innovative reader that will spark new debate in a wide range of disciplines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520221161
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2002
  • Series: Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 474
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Brownell is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is the author of Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic (1995). Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom is Associate Professor of History at
Indiana University. He is the author of Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (1991) and coeditor of Popular Protest and Political Culture in China (1994).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Thomas Laqueur

Introduction: Theorizing Femininities and Masculinities
Susan Brownell and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom

Part I. Gender and the Law (Qing)
1. Femininity in Flux: Gendered Virtue and Social Conflict in the Mid-Qing Courtroom
Janet M. Theiss
2. Dangerous Males, Vulnerable Males, and Polluted Males: The Regulation of Masculinity in Qing Dynasty Law
Matthew H. Sommer

Part II. Ideals of Marriage and Family (Mid-Qing and Early Republican)
3. Grooming a Daughter for Marriage: Brides and Wives in the Mid–Qing Period
Susan Mann
4. "The Truths I Have Learned": Nationalism, Family Reform, and Male Identity in China’s New Culture Movement, 1916–1922
Susan L. Glosser

Part III. Gender in Literary Traditions (May Fourth to Reform Eras)
5.
Invention and
Intervention: The Making of a Female Tradition in Modern Chinese Literature
Lydia H. Liu
6. The Self Loving the Self: Men and Connoisseurship in Modern Chinese Literature
Wendy Larson

Part IV. Dangerous Women and Dangerous Men (Late Ming to Early Communist)
7. Modernizing Sex, Sexing Modernity: Prostitution in Early-Twentieth-Century Shanghai
Gail Hershatter
8. Approximations of Chinese Bandits: Perverse Rebels, Romantic Heroes, or Frustrated Bachelors?
David Ownby

Part V. The Gender of Rebels (Cultural Revolution)
9. Maoist Mappings of Gender: Reassessing the Red Guards
Emily Honig
10. "Little Brothers" in the Cultural Revolution: The Worker Rebels of Shanghai
Elizabeth J. Perry and Nara Dillon

Part VI. Blood, Qi, and the Gendered Body (Qing and Reform Era)
11. Blood, Body, and Gender: Medical Images of the Female Condition in China, 1600–1850
Charlotte Furth
12. Embodying Qi and Masculinities in Post-Mao China
Nancy N. Chen

Part VII. Shifting Contexts of Gender and Sexuality (Reform Era)
13. Past, Perfect or Imperfect: Changing Images of the Ideal Wife
Harriet Evans
14. Proper Men and Proper Women: Parental Affection in the Chinese Family
William Jankowiak
Part VIII. Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity (Reform Era)
15. Gender and
Internal Orientalism in China
Louisa Schein
16. Tradition and the Gender of Civility
Ralph Litzinger

Afterword: Putting Gender at the Center
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom and Susan Brownell
Contributors

Index

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    evolution underway

    A great collection of insights from many angles on gender in China. The articles touch on the changing faces of law, crime, medicine, obscenity, rebellion, pollution, romance, and more. Through it all, we have a drama of conflicting visions for better relations between the sexes. We have a longing for equality, but with rapidly changing images of what equality looks like. It's a helpful comparison with similar developments in the West.

    --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization

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