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Beyond Exemplar Tales: Women's Biography in Chinese History

edited by Joan Judge and Hu Ying
Berkeley, Calif. : Global, Area, and International Archive, University of California Press, c2011.
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Women's biography in Chinese history
New perspectives on Chinese culture and society
9780984590902 (pbk.), 0984590900 (pbk.), 9780520098817, 0520098811
  • Introduction / Joan Judge and Hu Ying
  • pt. I. Methodological and philosophical reflections : probing silences, questioning interiority. Biographical sources and silences / Susan Mann
  • Getting a life : the production of 1950s women labor models in rural Shaanxi / Gail Hershatter
  • pt. II. Biography as cultural project. The Lienü zhuan tradition and Wang Zhaoyuan's (1763-1851) production of the Lienü zhuan buzhu (1812) / Harriet T. Zurndorfer
  • Lienü versus Xianyuan : the two biographical traditions in Chinese women's history / Nanxiu Qian
  • Faithful maiden biographies : a forum for ritual debate, moral critique, and personal reflection / Weijing Lu
  • Exemplary time and secular times : Wei Xiyuan's Illustrated biographies of exceptional women and the late Qing moment / Joan Judge
  • Gender and modern martyrology : Qiu Jin as Lienü, Lieshi, or Nülieshi / Hu Ying
  • -- pt. III. Alternative "biographical" sources. Epitaphs and fiction
  • Women's epitaphs in Tang China (618-907) / Ping Yao
  • Fantasies of fidelity : loyal courtesans to faithful wives / Beverly Bossler
  • Lovers, talkers, monsters, and good women : competing images in mid-Ming epitaphs and fiction / Katherine Carlitz
  • Private materials
  • Empress Xiang (1046-1101) and biographical sources beyond formal biographies / Patricia Ebrey
  • Life and letters : reflections on Tanyangzi / Ann Waltner
  • In her own voice?
  • The biographical and the autobiographical in Bo Shaojun's One hundred poems lamenting my husband / Wilt L. Idema
  • Women as biographers in mid-Qing Jiangnan / Ellen Widmer
  • Beyond rewriting life history : three female interviewees' personal experiences of war / Yu Chien-ming
  • Epilogue : how to read Chinese women's biography / Joan Judge and Hu Ying
  • Appendix A. Traditional Chinese genres of biographical material
  • Appendix B. The Lienü tradition in dynastic histories
  • Appendix C. The Xianyuan tradition in the Shishuo ti works.
xiv, 431 : ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-411) and index.
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