Heroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their Stories by Binbin YangHeroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their Stories by Binbin Yang

Heroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their Stories

byBinbin Yang

Hardcover | March 4, 2016

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Heroines of the Qing introduces an array of Chinese women from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries who were powerful, active subjects of their own lives and who wrote themselves as the heroines of their exemplary stories. Traditionally, ?exemplary women? (lienu)?heroic martyrs, chaste widows, and faithful maidens, for example?were written into official dynastic histories for their unrelenting adherence to female virtue by Confucian family standards. However, despite the rich writing traditions about these women, their lives were often distorted by moral and cultural agendas. Binbin Yang, drawing on interdisciplinary sources, shows how they were able to cross boundaries that were typically closed to women?boundaries not only of gender, but also of knowledge, economic power, political engagement, and ritual and cultural authority. Yang closely examines the rhetorical strategies these ?exemplary women? exploited for self-representation in various writing genres and highlights their skillful negotiation with, and appropriation of, the values of female exemplarity for self-empowerment.

Binbin Yang is assistant professor of Chinese at the University of Hong Kong.
Title:Heroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their StoriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 4, 2016Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295995491

ISBN - 13:9780295995496

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Note to Readers Introduction 1. Breaking the Silence: Cases of Outspoken Exemplary Women 2. Visualizing Exemplarity: Women?s Portraits and Paintings for Self-Representation 3. Staging Family Drama: Genealogical Writing as Ritual Authority 4. Enacting Guardians of Family Health: From Exemplary Wife to Reformer Conclusion Chinese Character Glossary Notes Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

This is the first book to examine exemplary women?s own accounts of their lives, moving from biographical to autobiographical accounts. Heroines of the Qing is original and significant.

- Xiaorong Li, author of Women's Poetry of Late Imperial China: Transforming the Inner Chambers