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Gender and Chinese History

Transformative Encounters

Until the 1980s, a common narrative about women in China had been one of victimization: women had dutifully endured a patriarchal civilization for thousands of years, living cloistered, uneducated lives separate from the larger social and cultural world, until they were liberated by political upheavals in the twentieth century. Rich scholarship on gender in China has since complicated the picture of women in Chinese society, revealing the roles women have played as active agents in their families, businesses, and artistic communities. The essays in this collection go further by assessing the ways in which the study of gender has changed our understanding of Chinese history and showing how the study of gender in China challenges our assumptions about China, the past, and gender itself.

About the Author

Beverly Bossler is professor of history at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of is Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity in China, 1000–1400 and Powerful Relations: Kinship, Status, and the State in Sung China (960–1279). Other contributors are Gail Hershatter, Emily Honig, Joan Judge, Guotong Li, Weijing Lu, Ann Waltner, Yan Wang, Ellen Widmer, and Yulian Wu.

Endorsements

"The quality of all these essays is very high, and this collection includes stars of the field who contribute essays that people in the China, gender, and history fields are going to want to read."—Katherine Carlitz, author of The Rhetoric of "Chin p'ing mei"
University of Washington Press

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