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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph #90: The Burden of Female Talent: The Poet Li Qingzhao and Her History in China

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Widely considered the preeminent Chinese woman poet, Li Qingzhao (1084-1150s) occupies a crucial place in China's literary and cultural history. She stands out as the great exception to the rule that the first-rank poets in premodern China were male. But at what price to our understanding of her as a writer does this distinction come? The Burden of Female Talent challenges conventional modes of thinking about Li Qingzhao as a devoted but often lonely wife and, later, a forlorn widow. By examining manipulations of her image by the critical tradition in later imperial times and into the twentieth century, Ronald C. Egan brings to light the ways in which critics sought to accommodate her to cultural norms, molding her "talent" to make it compatible with ideals of womanly conduct and identity. Contested images of Li, including a heated controversy concerning her remarriage and its implications for her "devotion" to her first husband, reveal the difficulty literary culture has had in coping with this woman of extraordinary conduct and ability. The study ends with a reappraisal of Li's poetry, freed from the autobiographical and reductive readings that were traditionally imposed on it and which remain standard even today.

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An exception to the rule that the first-rank poets in premodern China were men, the woman poet Li Qingzhao (1084-1150s) occupies a crucial place in Chinese literature. Ronald C. Egan challenges conventional thinking about Li, examining how critics tried to accommodate her to cultural norms from late imperial times into the twentieth century.

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Ronald C. Egan is Professor of Sinology in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University.

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ISBN:
9780674726697
Subtitle:
The Poet Li Qingzhao and Her History in China
Author:
Egan, Ronald
Author:
Egan, Ronald C.
Publisher:
Harvard University Asia Center
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literary Criticism-Poetry
Subject:
HISTORY / Asia/China
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women
Subject:
s Studies
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series
Series Volume:
90
Publication Date:
20140217
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 maps, 2tables
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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» Biography » Literary
» Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Chinese
» Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
» History and Social Science » World History » China
» History and Social Science » World History » General
» Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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