Notable Women of China: Shang Dynasty to the Early Twentieth Century

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A valuable and unique one-volume reference, Notable Women of China provides 89 in-depth biographies of important Chinese women from the fifth century B.C.E. to the early twentieth century. This collaborative effort of nearly 100 Chinese scholars teaching and doing research all over the world incorporates carefully selected material from primary sources. The biographies reflect achievements of Chinese women in poetry, literature, painting, music, dancing, painting, calligraphy, medicine, science, politics, ...
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Overview

A valuable and unique one-volume reference, Notable Women of China provides 89 in-depth biographies of important Chinese women from the fifth century B.C.E. to the early twentieth century. This collaborative effort of nearly 100 Chinese scholars teaching and doing research all over the world incorporates carefully selected material from primary sources. The biographies reflect achievements of Chinese women in poetry, literature, painting, music, dancing, painting, calligraphy, medicine, science, politics, military leadership, diplomacy, religion, family, and community life. Each entry contains data on birth, parentage, education, marital status, children, and significant contributions. Additional sources, both Chinese and English, are also included.
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In a society where women traditionally had "no freedom of thought, no freedom of action, no freedom of love, and no freedom of expression," the editor successfully extracts from Chinese history the stories of approximately 100 legendary women poets, beauties, rulers, dancers, concubines, diplomats, musicians, and warriors. She divides traditional China into six parts and provides an orientation to the dynastic periods within each of the parts to provide a highly valuable reference book for students and teachers in Chinese studies, with information that cannot be found elsewhere. The editor, a professor at Wuhan University who holds an emeritus title at the University of Hawaii, marshalled the talents of approximately 40 scholars around the world to serve on an advisory board to structure the content of the women's biographical entries. Clearly, the aim of this reference work is to reveal the prominent roles of women in a society where women have always been judged by men. Thus, it is not unusual to find recorded history placing women on a continuum ranging from virtuous (for the advice they provided their husbands) to evil (for eliminating those who got in their way). Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries that specialize in Chinese history.--Peggy Spitzer Christoff, Oak Park, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765605047
  • Publisher: East Gate Book
  • Publication date: 4/3/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Editorial Board
Advisory Board
Preface
Acknowledgments
Table of Dynasties
Pt. I Ancient Chinese Civilization: An Orientation to the Xia, Shang, and Zhou Dynasties 1
Fu Hao, earliest female general, Shang dynasty 13
Xu Mu, poet, Spring and Autumn period 17
Qi Jiang, politician, Spring and Autumn period (Eastern Zhou dynasty) 21
Zhuang Fanji, queen, Spring and Autumn period 23
Xi Shi, beauty, Spring and Autumn period 25
Mother Meng, mother of Mencius, Warring States period 27
Qin Xuan, queen dowager, Warring States period 30
Ru Ji, political aide, Warring States period 33
Pt. II The Decline of the Zhou, the Period of the Warring States, and the Formation of the Qin and Han Dynasties 39
Lu Zhi, first wife of founder of the Western Han dynasty 45
Yu Ji, beauty, Han dynasty 49
Empress Dowager Dou, wife of Emperor Xiaowen, Han dynasty 51
Chunyu Tiying, heroine, Western Han dynasty 56
Zhuo Wenjun, poet, Western Han dynasty 58
Queen Wei, wife and consort to Emperor Wudi, Western Han dynasty 61
Queen Xiaowu, court dancer and wife of Emperor Wudi, Western Han dynasty 63
Liu Xijun, Western Han princess who married a king a Wusun, leader of one of the northern minorities 65
Jie You, princess, diplomat/ambassador, married to king of Wusun, Western Han dynasty 68
Feng Liao, diplomat and ambassador, Han dynasty 72
Wang Wengxu, court dancer and mother of Emperor Xuandi, Western Han dynasty 75
Wang Zhengjun, wife of Emperor Yuandi, Western Han dynasty 78
Ban Jieyu, poet, Western Han dynasty 82
Huan Shaojun, mother model, Western and Eastern Han dynasties 84
Zhao Feiyan, court dancer, later Empress Xiaocheng, Western Han dynasty 87
Madam Lu, leader of a peasant uprising, Western Han dynasty 90
Empress Yin, empress of the first Eastern Han emperor 92
Queen Ma, queen-consort of Emperor Ming, Eastern Han dynasty 95
Ban Zhao, China's first female historian, Eastern Han dynasty 98
Empress Dowager Dou, wife of Emperor Zhang, Eastern Han dynasty 103
Xu Shu, poet, Eastern Han dynasty 109
Meng Guang, Confucian model wife, Eastern Han dynasty 111
Empress Deng, wife of Emperor Liu Zhao, Eastern Han dynasty 115
Empress Yan, wife of Emperor An, Eastern Han dynasty 117
Pt. III The Collapse of the Han, a Period of Disunion, and Revitalization 123
Cai Wenji, poet, Eastern Han dynasty 127
Madam Sun, wife of Liu Bei, Three Kingdoms period 130
Xing Xianying, moral exemplar, Three Kingdoms period 133
Madam Yuan, wife of Xu Yun, Three Kingdoms period 136
Zuo Fen, writer, Three Kingdoms period 141
Lady Song, scholar, Three Kingdoms period 144
Xie Daoyun, poet, Eastern Jin dynasty 148
Madam Han, military adviser, Eastern Jin dynasty 150
Su Hui, poet, Eastern Jin dynasty 152
Empress Yi, empress of Li Xuansheng, Sixteen Kingdoms period 153
Madam Meng, military aide, Eastern Jin dynasty 157
Empress Feng, consort of Emperor Wen Chendi, Northern Wei dynasty 160
Madam Liu, mother model, Eastern Jin dynasty 163
Madam Xian, general and military strategist, Northern and Southern dynasties 165
Pt. IV The Sui Dynasty and China's Golden Age, the Tang Dynasty 171
Princess Pingyang, military general and daughter of the first Tang emperor 177
Empress Shunxian, consort of Emperor Taizong, Tang dynasty 181
Princess Wencheng, married to the founding king of Tibet, Songzan Ganbu, Tang dynasty 186
Wu Zetian, China's only female emperor, Tang dynasty 191
Shangguan Wan'er, poet and court official, Tang dynasty 199
Empress Wei, wife of Emperor Zhongzong, Tang dynasty 202
Princess Taiping, daughter of Emperor Gaozong and Empress Wu Zetian, Tang dynasty 206
Madam Gong Sun, fencing-dancer, Tang dynasty 209
Jiang Chaipin, concubine of Emperor Xuanzong and poet, Tang dynasty 211
Li Ye, poet, Tang dynasty 213
Madam Yang, warrior, Tang dynasty 216
Yang Guifei, highest ranking imperial concubine, Tang dynasty 218
Bao Junwei, poet, Tang dynasty 221
Song Sisters, poets and beauties, Tang dynasty 223
Xue Tao, poet, Tang dynasty 225
Lu Meiniang, craftswoman, Tang Dynasty 230
Niu Yingzhen, writer, Tang dynasty 231
Guan Panpan, wife of Zhang Yin, Tang dynasty 233
Empress Liu, wife of Emperor Zhuangzong, Tang dynasty 235
Pt. V The Song and Yuan Dynasties Revitalize China 243
Xulu Ping, wife of Ye Liaborger, first emperor of the Liao dynasty 251
Madam Huarui, concubine and poet, Song dynasty 254
Empress Dowager Xiao, wife of Emperor Jingzong, Liao dynasty 257
Li Qingzhao, poet, Song dynasty 261
Liang Hongyu, general and heroine, Northern and Southern Song dynasties 269
Sun Daoxuan, poet, Song dynasty 275
Tang Wan, poet and first wife of Lu You, Southern Song dynasty 277
Pt. VI The Ming and Qing Dynasties and the Coming of the Opium Wars 285
Huang E, writer, Ming dynasty 297
Zheng Guifei, concubine, Ming dynasty 303
Qin Liangyu, general, Ming dynasty 306
Fang Weiyi, writer, Ming and Qing dynasties 312
Huang Yuanjie, writer, Ming and Qing dynasties 315
Wang Ruishu, writer and poet, Ming and Qing dynasties 320
Li Yin, poet and painter, Ming and Qing dynasties 322
Empress Xiao Zhuang Wen, consort of Emperor Tiancong, Qing dynasty 325
Yi Xiaoluan, poet, Ming dynasty 329
Chen Yuanyun, courtesan, Ming and Qing dynasties 330
Dong Bai, poet, Ming and Qing dynasties 335
Hou Zhi, poet, Qing dynasty 339
Wang Zhenyi, scientist, Qing dynasty 341
Wang Cong'er, military leader of the White Lotus Rebellion, Qing dynasty 346
Cixi, empress dowager, Qing dynasty 351
Soong Ai-ling, Sun Yat-sen's English secretary 365
Soong Qing-ling, wife of Sun Yat-sen, political leader 369
Anna Louise Strong, American writer in China 377
Ding Ling, writer, Repubic of China, People's Repubic of China 381
Index 393
About the Editor 403
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