This literary study examines women-authored poetry and poetic criticism in late imperial China. It provides close readings of original texts to explore the poetic forms and devices women poets employed, to place their work into the context of the wider literary history of the period, and to analyze how they asserted their own agency to negotiate their literary, social, and political concerns. The author also investigates the interactions between women’s poetic creations and existing male scholars' discourses and probes how these interactions generated innovative self-identities and renovations in poetic forms and aesthetics.
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About the Author
Haihong Yang is assistant professor of Chinese in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Delaware.
Table of ContentsChapter 1: “Weaving Looms in Hundreds of Rooms”: Women-Authored Criticism in Late Imperial China
Chapter 2: The Female Recluse: The Trope of Withdrawal and Self-Representation in Poems by Two Late Ming/Early Qing Women Writers
Chapter 3: Playful Seriousness: Women’s “Teasingly Composed” Poems
Chapter 4: “To Blaze One’s Own Path”: Allusion and Renovated Subjectivity in Women’s Poetry
Chapter 5: “New Wine in Old Bottles”: Classical Poems by Women Writers in the New Media at the Turn of the Twentieth Century