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Childbirth and Medicine in Modern Chinese Literature

Zheng, Ting
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Zheng, Ting
Advisor
Laughlin, Charles
Abstract
By focusing on three stories from the 1930s and early 1940s, Xiao Hong’s The Field of Life and Death (1935), Ding Ling’s “In the Hospital” (1941) and “Sacrifice” (1931), this paper argues that although the process of women’s pregnancies was one of suffering, learning modern obstetric knowledge could help them relieve their pain and allowed them to build their self-awareness. In particular, the development of the mother-daughter relationship plays a crucial role in this process. By comparing these works, this paper attempts to illustrate how women’s understanding of medicine underwent dramatic and fundamental transitions throughout twentieth-century China.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of East Asian Studies, MA (Master of Arts), 2019
Published Date
2019-04-29
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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