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I Myself Am a Woman: Selected Writings of Ding Ling


A comprehensive collection of writings by the revolutionary writer, feminist, and literary dissident Ding Ling (1904-85), one of the most colorful and important Chinese women writers of the twentieth century.
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A comprehensive collection of writings by the revolutionary writer, feminist, and literary dissident Ding Ling (1904-85), one of the most colorful and important Chinese women writers of the twentieth century.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This meticulously documented collection, introducing the feminist Chinese author Ding Ling (1904-1985), is an important addition to our store of Chinese literature in translation, although the 11 stories and two essays vary in quality. The least memorable are at heart moral tracts, paeans to Communist ideals. Early efforts, such as ``Miss Sophia's Diary,'' telling of the obsessive love of a tubercular woman for a Chinese emigre, also owe a debt to Europe an literature, particularly Flaubert. Later stories reaffirm the author's commitment to literature as a form of ``moral instruction'': ``New Faith'' concerns the brutal effects of Japanese occupation of China; ``Du Wanxiang'' describes the life of a peasant woman who is the epitome of a good Communist. Still, Ling's shrewd observations of the war between the sexes--coupled with her dramatic flair--will reward contemporary Western readers. Links between Ling's life and art are well traced in editor Barlow's lengthy biographical introduction. (Aug.)
Library Journal
The May 4th (1919) movement produced many of China's modern writers, of whom Ding Ling (1904-86) is one of the most important and influential. These 13 writings, comprised of journal entries, short stories, parts of long works, and essays, all written from 1927 to 1978, are enchanced by a long introduction, prefaces, and helpful notes. ``Miss Sophia's Diary,'' an early work, shows the influence of Flaubert's Madame Bovary , while later works, especially ``Du Wanxiang,'' strongly advocate the Communist line. From the beginning to the end of her long career, however, Ding Ling was always a feminist. Recommended.-- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City N.Y.
This collection of works by one of modern China's most famous writers and cultural revolutionaries provides an insightful look at women swept up in China's long revolution. Short stories, an essay, a memoir, a novella and an unfinished novel reveal the evolution of Ling's feminist consciousness over a 50-year period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807067475
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Series: Asian Voices Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,446,056
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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