Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women by Hui WuOnce Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women by Hui Wu

Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women

EditorHui Wu

Paperback | May 19, 2011

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Available in English for the first time, Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women brings together twenty-five essays by seven critically acclaimed writers, whose fiction and poetry have become classics in modern Chinese literature. Poetic, metaphoric, and sometimes playful and satiric, the essays discuss the material reality wherein Chinese women live and function. Reflecting on their experiences under Mao and in post-Maoist China, these essays vividly demonstrate that, despite equality of the sexes being the official position and women working equally demanding jobs as men, women are still considered servile to their male counterparts. Taken together, the collection shows Chinese women struggling for identity by discussing the issues that are important in their lives. Unlike Western feminists, they do not want to be seen as different from their male counterparts. Nor do they want to fall into Chinese terminology of being the same as men. Rather, these essays show that women want to be seen first and foremost as human and then as female. By showcasing the politics and poetics of Chinese women's essays to an English audience, Hui Wu's translations uncover the philosophy and purpose behind the literature of a unique generation of Chinese women, whose life experience finds no parallel in China and certainly not in the West.
Hui Wu is professor of English at the University of Texas-Tyler.
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Title:Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary WomenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:174 pages, 9.41 × 6.43 × 0.75 inPublished:May 19, 2011Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0739134221

ISBN - 13:9780739134221

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Bi Shumin Chapter 3 A Writer's Fate Chapter 4 Androgyny Chapter 5 When Can Women Start Enjoying Life? Chapter 6 Seeking Amazing Women Part 7 Fang Fang Chapter 8 Obedience versus Disobedience Chapter 9 Women's Eyes Chapter 10 On Women Chapter 11 May My Dream Come True Part 12 Han Xiaohui Chapter 13 Gender Roles in Commercials Chapter 14 I Don't Want to Be a Woman Chapter 15 Three Autumnal Phases in a Day Chapter 16 Women Don't Cry Part 17 Hu Xin Chapter 18 Women's Footprints of Pain Chapter 19 A Pink Humor Chapter 20 My View on Women Part 21 Lu Xing'er Chapter 22 Women's "Sameness" and "Difference" Chapter 23 On "Femininity" Chapter 24 One is Not Born a Woman Chapter 25 Woman and the Crisis Part 26 Shu Ting Chapter 27 The Shadow of the Chaste Temple Chapter 28 Give Her Some Space Chapter 29 A Mirror of One's Own Part 30 Zhang Kangkang Chapter 31 We Need Two Worlds Chapter 32 The "Grand" Realm versus the "True" Realm Chapter 33 A Preface for Myself

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Once Iron Girls serves the important role of making available in English for the first time translations of essays on the nature of gender and womanhood by seven major literary figures: Bi Shumin, Fang Fang, Han Xiaohui, Hu Xin, Lu Xing'er, Shu Ting and Zhang Kangkang....Hui Wu has compiled, translated and contextualized a fine body of work that students of Chinese, gender and women's studies will value for its informative and thought-provoking essays.