The Talented Women of the Zhang Family / Edition 1

The Talented Women of the Zhang Family / Edition 1

by Susan Mann
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520250907

ISBN-13: 9780520250901

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: University of California Press


The history of China in the nineteenth century usually features men as the dominant figures in a chronicle of warfare, rebellion, and dynastic decline. This book challenges that model and provides a different account of the era, history as seen through the eyes of women. Basing her remarkable study on the poetry and memoirs of three generations of literary women

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The history of China in the nineteenth century usually features men as the dominant figures in a chronicle of warfare, rebellion, and dynastic decline. This book challenges that model and provides a different account of the era, history as seen through the eyes of women. Basing her remarkable study on the poetry and memoirs of three generations of literary women of the Zhang family—Tang Yaoqing, her eldest daughter, and her eldest granddaughter—Susan Mann illuminates a China that has been largely invisible. Drawing on a stunning array of primary materials—published poetry, gazetteer articles, memorabilia—as well as a variety of other historical documents, Mann reconstructs these women's intimate relationships, personal aspirations, values, ideas, and political consciousness. She transforms our understanding of gender relations and what it meant to be an educated woman during China's transition from empire to nation and offers a new view of the history of late imperial women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250901
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Philip E. Lilienthal Books (Paperback) Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
222,501
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Genealogical Chart of the Zhang Family and Their Collateral Kin
Prologue

1 Jining, Shandong (1893–1895)
2 Tang Yaoqing, Guixiu (1763–1831)
3 Zhang Qieying, Poet (1792–after 1863)
4 Wang Caipin, Governess (1826–1893)
Epilogue. The Historian Says . . .

Zhang Family Chronology
Glossary of Names
Glossary of Terms
Appendix. Selected Poems and Song Lyrics
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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