Fables for the Patriarchs: Gender Politics in Tang Discourse by Jowen R. TungFables for the Patriarchs: Gender Politics in Tang Discourse by Jowen R. Tung

Fables for the Patriarchs: Gender Politics in Tang Discourse

byJowen R. Tung

Paperback | June 7, 2000

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Exploring issues of gender in Tang-dynasty literature and culture, Jowen R.Tung draws on a comprehensive range of historical, literary, and social texts to unravel the complex mechanisms of one of the world's oldest patriarchal systems. The author reveals the profound damage inflicted by the masculine state ideology on its subjects by illuminating the problematics of male sexuality under the hovering phallus of the emperor, the construct of male and female psyches within the pseudo-monogamous household, the logic of the collective unconscious in the literati's writings, and a female tradition desperately trapped inside the law of the father. Tung poses urgent questions about a civilization that builds itself upon the sacrifice of human lives and arrives at a rather dark interpretation of the Tang_for many the epitome of the Chinese empire. As such, the book moves beyond the confines of gender studies to propose a heightened agenda for feminist studies, which the author argues now stand at a critical conjecture.
Jowen R. Tung is assistant professor in the Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Title:Fables for the Patriarchs: Gender Politics in Tang DiscourseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.96 × 5.84 × 0.57 inPublished:June 7, 2000Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: The Tang Paradoxes Part 3 Imperial Discourse and Its Discontent Chapter 4 The Dragon's Ministers Chapter 5 Fate of the Imperial Daughters Chapter 6 Monument Without Inscription: The Case of Wu Zhao Chapter 7 Sacrificial Lamb: The Case of Yang Yuhuan Part 8 Internal Split of the Imperial Subjects Chapter 9 The Making and Unmaking of Confucian Wives Chapter 10 Icons of the Flesh: Displaced Jouissance of the Courtesans Chapter 11 Problematics of Male Desires Part 12 Self-Representation of the Tang Chapter 13 Logic of the Unconscious Chapter 14 The Command of Desire and Decorum Chapter 15 In Feminine Voice Chapter 16 Literati in Love: The Case of Li Shangyin Part 17 Resurrected Voices Chapter 18 The Shaping of Female Tradition Chapter 19 Against Boudoir Lament: Discourse of the Courtesans Chapter 20 Epilogue

From Our Editors

Rarely do readers find such an eloquent and insightful examination of gender issues in Chinese history. Fables for the Patriarchs: Gender Politics in Tang Discourse draws from an extensive base of political, literary, social and historical sources to find the truths of one of the world’s oldest known patriarchal systems. Jowen R. Tung offers readers a unique analysis as he applies modern feminist theory to Tang dynasty poetry, narrative and anecdotal literature.  

Editorial Reviews

A completely engrossing, truly extraordinary work. There exists nothing in English on gender in Tang dynasty literature and culture that even remotely resembles this book, whether in terms of comprehensiveness, originality, or analytic depth. No one before has so confidently and persuasively applied feminist critical theory to the topic.