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Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China (Hardback)
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Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/05/2008
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Herself an Author addresses the critical question of how to approach the study of women's writing. It explores various methods of engaging in a meaningful way with a rich corpus of poetry and prose written by women of the late Ming and Qing periods, much of it rediscovered by the author in rare book collections in China and the United States. The volume treats different genres of writing and includes translations of texts that are made available for the first time in English. Among the works considered are the life-long poetic record of Gan Lirou, the lyrical travel journal kept by Wang Fengxian, and the erotic poetry of the concubine Shen Cai.Taking the view that gentry women's varied textual production was a form of cultural practice, Grace Fong examines women's autobiographical poetry collections, travel writings, and critical discourse on the subject of women's poetry, offering fresh insights on women's intervention into the dominant male literary tradition. The wealth of texts translated and discussed here include fascinating documents written by concubines - women who occupied a subordinate position in the family and social system.Fong adopts the notion of agency as a theoretical focus to investigate forms of subjectivity and enactments of subject positions in the intersection between textual practice and social inscription. Her reading of the life and work of women writers reveals surprising instances and modes of self-empowerment within the gender constraints of Confucian orthodoxy. Fong argues that literate women in late imperial China used writing and reading to create literary and social communities, transcend temporal-spatial and social limitations, and represent themselves as the authors of their own life histories.

Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
ISBN: 9780824831868
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 536 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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Grace Fong s Herself an Author is an important contribution to the growing and lively scholarship on women in late imperial China. Her close readings of texts (some of them exceedingly rare until she found them) illuminate ideas of authorship, subjectivity, and agency among women writers. . . . The audience for this terrific book should include not just scholars interested in Chinese women and literature, but those interested in questions of why people write and why people read. Not only has Grace Fong found new texts for us, she is showing us new ways of reading them.-- "Journal of Chinese Studies"
As always with Professor Fong s work, the strengths of Herself an Author lie in her lucid and jargon-free writing, and her commitment, shown through her years of careful archival research, to expanding our knowledge of the range of late imperial women s writings and practices of writing. Professor Fong has honoured her subjects and graced us readers with the rare privilege of hearing these women speak in their own voices.-- "Pacific Affairs"
Grace Fong's Herself an Author is an important contribution to the growing and lively scholarship on women in late imperial China. Her close readings of texts (some of them exceedingly rare until she found them) illuminate ideas of authorship, subjectivity, and agency among women writers. . . . The audience for this terrific book should include not just scholars interested in Chinese women and literature, but those interested in questions of why people write and why people read. Not only has Grace Fong found new texts for us, she is showing us new ways of reading them.-- "Journal of Chinese Studies"
This book is an important addition to the body of literature that rediscovers women's textual production in late imperial China. It distinguishes itself with a wealth of first-hand materials that are made available in English for the first time. The book is interesting and innovative in a number of ways. . . . The book has brought to fruition an endeavour of more than ten years. With its publication, we are able to piece together a more detailed picture of women's writings and subjectivity in late imperial China. It is a ground-breaking contribution to gender studies in the Chinese context, and exemplifies the synthesis of a variety of research methods, including but not limited to textual reading, archival research, biographical studies and historical studies.-- "Asian Studies Review"
Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China further enriches our knowledge of pre-modern women's literature by giving us an in-depth study of a handful of writers, enhanced by a fine sample of their works in elegant translation.-- "Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews"
As always with Professor Fong's work, the strengths of Herself an Author lie in her lucid and jargon-free writing, and her commitment, shown through her years of careful archival research, to expanding our knowledge of the range of late imperial women's writings and practices of writing. Professor Fong has honoured her subjects and graced us readers with the rare privilege of hearing these women speak in their own voices.-- "Pacific Affairs"
Perhaps the greatest contributions of this book, however, are the introductions of various women writers and the translations into English of their compositions, many discovered by the author and not heretofore translated into English.-- "Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries"

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