The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory by Lydia LiuThe Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory by Lydia Liu

The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory

EditorLydia Liu, Rebecca Karl, Dorothy Ko

Paperback | March 26, 2013

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He-Yin Zhen (ca. 1884-1920?) was a theorist who figured centrally in the birth of Chinese feminism. Unlike her contemporaries, she was concerned less with China's fate as a nation and more with the relationship among patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism, and gender subjugation as global historical problems. This volume, the first translation and study of He-Yin's work in English, critically reconstructs early twentieth-century Chinese feminist thought in a transnational context by juxtaposing He-Yin Zhen's writing against works by two better-known male interlocutors of her time.

The editors begin with a detailed analysis of He-Yin Zhen's life and thought. They then present annotated translations of six of her major essays, as well as two foundational tracts by her male contemporaries, Jin Tianhe (1874-1947) and Liang Qichao (1873-1929), to which He-Yin's work responds and with which it engages. Jin, a poet and educator, and Liang, a philosopher and journalist, understood feminism as a paternalistic cause that liberals like themselves should defend. He-Yin presents an alternative conception that draws upon anarchism and other radical trends. Ahead of her time, He-Yin Zhen complicates conventional accounts of feminism and China's history, offering original perspectives on sex, gender, labor, and power that remain relevant today.

Lydia H. Liu is Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and codirector of the Center for Translingual and Transcultural Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is the author of The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making and, more recently, The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and th...
Title:The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023116291X

ISBN - 13:9780231162913

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments List of Chinese Dynasties and Note on TranslationIntroduction: Toward a Transnational Feminist TheoryThe Historical Context: Chinese Feminist Worlds at the Turn of the Twentieth CenturyHe-Yin Zhen BiographyHe-Yin Zhen, "On the Question of Women's Liberation" He-Yin Zhen, "On the Question of Women's Labor"He-Yin Zhen, "Economic Revolution and Women's Revolution"He-Yin Zhen, "On the Revenge of Women"He-Yin Zhen, "On Feminist Antimilitarism"He-Yin Zhen, "The Feminist Manifesto"Liang Qichao BiographyLiang Qichao, "On Women's Education"Jin Tianhe BiographyJin Tianhe, "The Women's Bell"Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

A well-argued case for the transnational and radical origins of Chinese feminism.