Writing Women in Modern China: An Anthology of Literature by Chinese Women from the Early Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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Overview

Writing Women in Modern China is the first major anthology in English to highlight the contributions of women to modern literary culture with respect to the heated gender debates of early twentieth-century China. Featuring examples of fiction, drama, autobiography, essays, and poetry by eighteen writers, many of whom have been neglected by mainstream literary history, this collection demonstrates the creative diversity in modern women's writing.

The editors' introduction charts key developments in the study of gender, literature, and women's writing in modern China and provides an overview of the relevant historical events of this century's first three decades. From Qiu Jin's experimental narrative Stones of the Kingwei Bird, one of the earliest fictional representations of women's liberation from the traditional Confucian family, to Bing Xin's "Our Mistress's Parlor," which presents a satire of an intellectual salon in 1930s Shanghai, Writing Women in Modern China offers an unrivaled opportunity to explore an important body of imaginative work.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Review
The Writing Women in Modern China anthology draws together some of the most exciting writing that had a formative role in bringing to the surface a female consciousness in China which challenged many perceived standards of the day.

— Olivier Bruckhardt

Choice

The best anthology to date of feminist Chinese women's creative writing from the period 1905 to 1937.... Given the importance of literature in Chinese culture, this may be the first book any college or public library should buy on the subject of modern Chinese feminism.

The China Journal
A major contribution to research and teaching in modern Chinese literature... [that] is also a great read for general readers.

— Lingzhen Wang, Brown University

Contemporary Review - Olivier Bruckhardt

The Writing Women in Modern China anthology draws together some of the most exciting writing that had a formative role in bringing to the surface a female consciousness in China which challenged many perceived standards of the day.

The China Journal - Lingzhen Wang

A major contribution to research and teaching in modern Chinese literature... [that] is also a great read for general readers.

Choice

The best anthology to date of feminist Chinese women's creative writing from the period 1905 to 1937.... Given the importance of literature in Chinese culture, this may be the first book any college or public library should buy on the subject of modern Chinese feminism.

Choice
The best anthology to date of feminist Chinese women's creative writing from the period 1905 to 1937. . . . Given the importance of literature in Chinese culture, this may be the first book any college or public library should buy on the subject of modern Chinese feminism.
Olivier Bruckhardt
TheWriting Women in Modern China anthology draws together some of the most exciting writing that had a formative role in bringing to the surface a female consciousness in China which challenged many perceived standards of the day.
Dorothy V. Borei
Three generations of Chinese women's writings appear in this important collection of writings . . . Their writings, instead of presenting a unified image of the ideal modern woman, probe the dilemmas and conflicts faced by urban, educated Chinese women in an age of social and political upheaval.
Booknews
The work of women writers in China has been underexposed, even in China, making this anthology of translations particularly welcome and important. An extensive essay introduces the cultural and historical context of the fiction, drama, essays, and poetry presented here. The selections consist of work from 18 authors, each of whom is profiled (b&w photo portraits are included). Paper edition (unseen), $18.50. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231107013
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/5/1998
  • Series: Modern Asian Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

AmyD. Dooling and Kristina M. Torgeson are advanced doctoral candidates in modern Chinese literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Excerpts from Stones of the Jingwei Bird 39
2 "Crisis in the Women's World" 79
3 "One Day" 87
4 "Separation" 101
5 "Lin Nan's Diary" 115
"Lusha - A Letter to Lu Yin" 115
6 "News From the Seashore - A Letter to Shi Pingmei" 135
"After Victory" 135
7 "Random Notes: Number Nine" 157
8 "The Woes of the Modern Woman" 165
9 "Intoxicated" 175
"Once Upon a Time" 175
10 "Harvest" 197
11 Southeast Flies the Peacock 209
12 Excerpts from War Diary 253
13 "Day" 263
14 "Woman" 275
15 Three poems 299
16 "Our Mistress's Parlor" 307
17 "Aunty Liu" 331
18 "Abandoned Child" 343
"A Sleepless Night" 343
Glossary 367
Supplemental Readings 377
Contributors 387
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