When ?i? Was Born: Women?s Autobiography In Modern China

Hardcover | April 25, 2008

byJing M. Wang

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In the period between the 1920s and 1940s, a genre emerged in Chinese literature that would reveal crucial contradictions in Chinese culture that still exist today. At a time of intense political conflict, Chinese women began to write autobiography, a genre that focused on personal identity and self-exploration rather than the national, collective identity that the country was championing.

When “I” Was Born: Women’s Autobiography in Modern China
reclaims the voices of these particular writers, voices that have been misinterpreted and overlooked for decades. Tracing women writers as they move from autobiographical fiction, often self-revelatory and personal, to explicit autobiographies that focused on women’s roles in public life, Jing M. Wang reveals the factors that propelled this literary movement, the roles that liberal translators and their renditions of Western life stories played, and the way in which these women writers redefined writing and gender in the stories they told. But Wang reveals another story as well: the evolving history and identity of women in modern Chinese society. When “I” Was Born adds to a growing body of important work in Chinese history and culture, women’s studies, and autobiography in a global context.

Writers discussed include Xie Bingying, Zhang Ailing, Yu Yinzi, Fei Pu, Lu Meiyen, Feng Heyi, Ye Qian, Bai Wei, Shi Wen, Fan Xiulin, Su Xuelin, and Lu Yin.
 

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In the period between the 1920s and 1940s, a genre emerged in Chinese literature that would reveal crucial contradictions in Chinese culture that still exist today. At a time of intense political conflict, Chinese women began to write autobiography, a genre that focused on personal identity and self-exploration rather than the national...

Jing M. Wang is assistant professor of Chinese literature and language at Colgate University. Her books include Ying shi ru men (How to Read English Poetry) and Jumping through Hoops: Autobiographical Stories by Modern Chinese Women Writers.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 25, 2008Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299225100

ISBN - 13:9780299225100

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“Chinese women’s autobiography reveals what stories were told and what stories were silenced.”—Jing M. Wang

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“Chinese women’s autobiography reveals what stories were told and what stories were silenced.”—Jing M. Wang

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“Wang Jing enlivens the documentary drive with vivid story-telling of the women writers’ lives and conveys movingly how the women’s traumatic life experience was transmuted into the narrative drive of the autobiography.”—Hong Zeng, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature