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Two Centuries of Manchu Women Poets

An Anthology

Translated by Wilt L. Idema
This anthology presents substantial selections from the work of twenty Manchu women poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The poems, inspired by their daily life and reflections, provide fascinating insights into the experiences and emotions of these women, most of whom belonged to the elite families of Manchu society. Each selection is accompanied by biographical material that illuminates the life stories of the poets. The volume's introduction describes the printing history of the collections from which these poems are drawn, the authors' practice of poetry writing, ethnic and gender issues, and comparisons with the poetry of women in South China and of male authors of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).

About the Author

Wilt L. Idema is professor emeritus of Chinese literature at Harvard University. He is the translator of Heroines of Jiangyong: Chinese Narrative Ballads in Women's Script and Meng Jiangnü Brings Down the Great Wall: Ten Versions of a Chinese Legend, and coauthor of The Red Brush: Writing Women of Imperial China.


"Each poem is meticulously handled. . . . And while the text is accessible to a general readership, Idema has equipped the anthology with tools that specialized researchers will appreciate."—Evelyn Rawski, Distinguished University Professor Emerita of History, University of Pittsburgh

"Demonstrating erudition in premodern Chinese literature and a critical perspective that allows him to move beyond the boundaries of one culture, Wilt Idema provides precious materials for historians of Manchu society and culture."—Xiaorong Li, author of Women's Poetry of Late Imperial China: Transforming the Inner Chambers

University of Washington Press

9780295999869 : two-centuries-of-manchu-women-poets-idema
328 Pages
$50.00 USD

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