Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories / Edition 1

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Overview

Centering on five life stories by Chinese women activists born just after the turn of this century, this first history of Chinese May Fourth feminism disrupts the Chinese Communist Partys master narrative of Chinese womens liberation, reconfigures the history of the Chinese Enlightenment from a gender perspective, and addresses the question of how feminism engendered social change cross-culturally. In this multilayered book, the first-person narratives are complemented by a history of the discursive process and the authors sophisticated intertextual readings. Together, the parts form a fascinating historical portrait of how educated Chinese men and women actively deployed and appropriated ideologies from the West in their pursuit of national salvation and self-emancipation. As Wang demonstrates, feminism was embraced by men as instrumental to Chinas modernity and by women as pointing to a new way of life.
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What People Are Saying

Dorothy Ko
Rarely does a reviewer or publisher encounter a milestone: this is it. It is the first major study of the development of Chinese feminism in what is arguably the most formative period in the history of modern China.
—Dorothy Ko, author of Teachers of the Inner Chambers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520218741
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 417
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Wang Zheng is an Affiliated Scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University. Wang's work in English includes the coediting of From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society by Fei Xiaotong (California, 1992).

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Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Setting
1 Creating a Feminist Discourse 35
2 A Case of Circulating Feminism: The Ladies' Journal 67
Pt. 2 Portraits
3 Forgotten Heroines: An Introduction to the Narrators 119
4 Lu Lihua (1900-1997): School Principal 145
5 Zhu Su'e (1901-): Attorney 187
6 Wang Yiwei (1905-1993): Editor in Chief 221
7 Chen Yongsheng (1900-1997): Educator 259
8 Huang Dinghui (1907-): Career Revolutionary 287
Epilogue 357
Glossary 367
Bibliography 375
Index 391
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