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Writing Women in Modern China: The Revolutionary Years, 1936-1976 (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

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The past few years have seen a burgeoning effort to rethink questions of women, writing, and gender in modern China. A significant body of scholarship has emerged, transforming the ways in which modern Chinese literature and culture are taught and discussed.

Writing Women in Modern China introduces the works of less familiar women writers of the first three decades of this century along with new selections by more prominent authors from the late Qing (c.1890-1911) through the SinoJapanese War. These twenty-two works of fiction, drama, autobiography, essays, and poetry, each newly translated and prefaced by the author's photograph and a short biographical sketch, introduce women whose literary careers coincided with an era of tremendous social, political, and cultural turbulence.

This book begins with an essay charting major developments in the study of gender, literature, and women's writing in China, as well as historical background information. From Chen Hengzhe's seminal short story One Day, the first piece of literature in modern vernacular Chinese, to Feng Yuanjun's story Separation, which examines the conflict between traditional filial obligation and modern marriage based on love, Writing Women in Modern China offers an unrivaled opportunity to explore an important body of imaginative works.

Review:

"Writing Women in Modern China: The Revolutionary Years, 1936-1976 contains an impressive selection of literary works by twelve female authors. The collection includes mainstream writers and lesser-known authors, writing in genres ranging from autobiographical essay and memoir to literary reportage, short story, and drama. The authentic voices, along with the feminist discourse, that emerge from these works powerfully illuminate the complex personal, social, and national forces shaping women?s lives. Amy D. Dooling?s informative introduction explains the historical and political context of the selected works and compares the authors'various concerns. The translations are highly readable and literary scholars and general readers alike will welcome this original collection." Yenna Wu, professor of Chinese and director of Asian Languages & Civilizations Program, University of California, Riverside

Review:

"This stunning collection is not just a great read and a revealing study of gender and the human condition, it will also transform our understanding of which works are important in the period. These writers are independent, observant, profound, and often hilarious. Dooling?s anthology finally gives them their due. " Jingyuan Zhang, Georgetown University, author of Psychoanalysis in China: Literary Transformations, 1919-1949

Synopsis:

Revolution, foreign occupation, and political, cultural, and economic upheavals defined mid-twentieth-century Chinese society. This new anthology, a sequel to the acclaimed first volume, compiled by Dooling and Kristina Torgeson and covering the early twentieth century, includes an impressive range of literary, personal, and journalistic responses to these tumultuous events. From succinct reportage of contemporary historical circumstances to comic accounts of twentieth-century urban living to carefully stylized modernist works of fiction, the selections in this anthology reflect the diversity, liveliness, humor, and surprising cosmopolitanism of women's writing from the period. This collection also reveals the ways in which women writers imagined and inscribed new meanings to Chinese feminism.

Biographical information on the writers — including Yang Gang, Bai Wei, Hu Lanxi, Yang Jiang, Zong Pu, Chen Ruoxi, and others — introduces the selections from their works. Dooling's critical introduction and bibliographical materials further enrich readers'understanding of the role of women's writing in Chinese literary modernity.

Synopsis:

From succinct reportage of contemporary historical circumstances to comic accounts of twentieth-century urban living to carefully stylized modernist works of fiction, the selections in this anthology reflect the diversity, liveliness, humor, and surprising cosmopolitanism of women's writing from the period. This collection also reveals the ways in which women writers imagined and inscribed new meanings to Chinese feminism. Also included are biographical information on the writers, bibliographical materials, and a critical introduction by Dooling.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Yang Gang / Fragment from a Lost Diary (1936), translated by the author

Yang Gang / The American South (1951), translated by Robin Visser

Bai Wei / Third-Class Hospital Ward (1936), translated by Amy Dooling

Hu Lanqi / In a German Women's Prison (1937), translated by Hu Mingliang

Chen Xuezhao / The Essentials and Ambiance of Life (1940), translated by Shu Yunzhong

Crossing the Tong-Pu Railroad (1949), translated by Shu Yunzhong

Xie Bingying / The Girl Umeko (1941), translated by Hu Mingliang

Yang Jiang / Forging the Truth (1944), translated by Amy Dooling

Su Qing / Waves (1945), translated by Cathy Silber

Fengzi / The Portrait (1947), translated by Ann Huss

Lu Xiaoman / The Imperial Hotel (1947), translated by Amy Dooling

Zong Pu / Red Beans (1957), translated by Geremie Barme

Ru Zhijuan / The Warmth of Spring (1959), translated by Sabina Knight

Chen Ruoxi / Residency Check (1976), translated by Howard Goldblatt

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231132176
Editor:
Dooling, Amy D.
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Editor:
Dooling, Amy D.
Author:
Dooling, Amy D.
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Chinese literature -- Women authors.
Subject:
Women and literature -- China.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series:
Weatherhead Books on Asia
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
322
Dimensions:
9.04x6.12x.69 in. 1.01 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Writing Women in Modern China: The Revolutionary Years, 1936-1976 contains an impressive selection of literary works by twelve female authors. The collection includes mainstream writers and lesser-known authors, writing in genres ranging from autobiographical essay and memoir to literary reportage, short story, and drama. The authentic voices, along with the feminist discourse, that emerge from these works powerfully illuminate the complex personal, social, and national forces shaping women?s lives. Amy D. Dooling?s informative introduction explains the historical and political context of the selected works and compares the authors'various concerns. The translations are highly readable and literary scholars and general readers alike will welcome this original collection." Yenna Wu, professor of Chinese and director of Asian Languages & Civilizations Program, University of California, Riverside
"Review" by , "This stunning collection is not just a great read and a revealing study of gender and the human condition, it will also transform our understanding of which works are important in the period. These writers are independent, observant, profound, and often hilarious. Dooling?s anthology finally gives them their due. " Jingyuan Zhang, Georgetown University, author of Psychoanalysis in China: Literary Transformations, 1919-1949
"Synopsis" by , Revolution, foreign occupation, and political, cultural, and economic upheavals defined mid-twentieth-century Chinese society. This new anthology, a sequel to the acclaimed first volume, compiled by Dooling and Kristina Torgeson and covering the early twentieth century, includes an impressive range of literary, personal, and journalistic responses to these tumultuous events. From succinct reportage of contemporary historical circumstances to comic accounts of twentieth-century urban living to carefully stylized modernist works of fiction, the selections in this anthology reflect the diversity, liveliness, humor, and surprising cosmopolitanism of women's writing from the period. This collection also reveals the ways in which women writers imagined and inscribed new meanings to Chinese feminism.

Biographical information on the writers — including Yang Gang, Bai Wei, Hu Lanxi, Yang Jiang, Zong Pu, Chen Ruoxi, and others — introduces the selections from their works. Dooling's critical introduction and bibliographical materials further enrich readers'understanding of the role of women's writing in Chinese literary modernity.

"Synopsis" by , From succinct reportage of contemporary historical circumstances to comic accounts of twentieth-century urban living to carefully stylized modernist works of fiction, the selections in this anthology reflect the diversity, liveliness, humor, and surprising cosmopolitanism of women's writing from the period. This collection also reveals the ways in which women writers imagined and inscribed new meanings to Chinese feminism. Also included are biographical information on the writers, bibliographical materials, and a critical introduction by Dooling.
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