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The Ming-Qing dynastic transition in seventeenth-century China was an epochal event that reverberated in Qing writings and beyond; political disorder was bound up with vibrant literary and cultural production. Women and National Trauma in Late Imperial Chinese Literature focuses on the discursive and imaginative space commanded by women. Encompassing writings by women and by men writing in a feminine voice or assuming a female identity, as well as writings that turn women into a signifier through which authors convey their lamentation, nostalgia, or moral questions for the fallen Ming, the book delves into the mentality of those who remembered or reflected on the dynastic transition, as well as those who reinvented its significance in later periods. It shows how history and literature intersect, how conceptions of gender mediate the experience and expression of political disorder. Why and how are variations on themes related to gender boundaries, female virtues, vices, agency, and ethical dilemmas used to allegorize national destiny? In pursuing answers to these questions, Wai-yee Li explores how this multivalent presence of women in different genres provides a window into the emotional and psychological turmoil of the Ming-Qing transition and of subsequent moments of national trauma.

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Wai-yee Li examines the discursive space of women in seventeenth-century China. Using texts written by women or by men writing in a feminine voice, as well as writings that turn women into signifiers of lamentation or nostalgia, Li probes the emotional and psychological turmoil of the Ming-Qing transition and subsequent moments of national trauma.

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Wai-yee Li is Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard University.

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ISBN:
9780674492042
Author:
Li, Wai-yee
Publisher:
Harvard University Asia Center
Author:
Li, Wai-Yee
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
Subject:
HISTORY / Asia/China
Subject:
China
Subject:
Gender Studies: Women
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Series:
Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series
Series Volume:
92
Publication Date:
20140811
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
650
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Wai-yee Li examines the discursive space of women in seventeenth-century China. Using texts written by women or by men writing in a feminine voice, as well as writings that turn women into signifiers of lamentation or nostalgia, Li probes the emotional and psychological turmoil of the Ming-Qing transition and subsequent moments of national trauma.
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