The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism

The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism

by Tani E. Barlow
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822332701

ISBN-13: 9780822332701

Pub. Date: 03/25/2004

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism is a history of thinking about the subject of women in twentieth-century China. Tani E. Barlow illustrates the theories and conceptual categories that Enlightenment Chinese intellectuals have developed to describe the collectivity of women. Demonstrating how generations of these theorists have engaged with

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The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism is a history of thinking about the subject of women in twentieth-century China. Tani E. Barlow illustrates the theories and conceptual categories that Enlightenment Chinese intellectuals have developed to describe the collectivity of women. Demonstrating how generations of these theorists have engaged with international debates over eugenics, gender, sexuality, and the psyche, Barlow argues that as an Enlightenment project, feminist debate in China is at once Chinese and international. She reads social theory, psychoanalytic thought, literary criticism, ethics, and revolutionary political ideologies to illustrate the range and scope of Chinese feminist theory’s preoccupation with the problem of gender inequality. She reveals how, throughout the cataclysms of colonial modernity, revolutionary modernization, and market socialism, prominent Chinese feminists have gathered up the remainders of the past and formed them into social and ethical arguments, categories, and political positions, ceaselessly reshaping progressive Enlightenment sexual liberation theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822332701
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/25/2004
Series:
Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
IntroductionI
1History and Catachresis15
2Theorizing "Women"37
3Foundations of Progressive Chinese Feminism64
4Woman and Colonial Modernity in the Early Thought of Ding Ling127
5Woman under Maoist Nationalism in the Thought of Ding Ling190
6Socialist Modernization and the Market Feminism of Li Xiaojiang253
7Dai Jinhua, Globalization, and 1990s Poststructuralist Feminism302
Conclusion355
Appendix to Chapter IHistoriography and Catachresis365
Notes373
Works Cited443
Index471

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