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Teachers of the Inner Chambers Women and Culture in Seventeenth-Century China by Dorothy Ko

Teachers of the Inner Chambers Women and Culture in Seventeenth-Century China


Teachers of the Inner Chambers Women and Culture in Seventeenth-Century China by Dorothy Ko

Rejecting both popular image and accepted Western and Chinese scholarship on the status of women in premodern China, this pathbreaking work argues that literate gentrywomen in seventeenth-century Jiangnan were far from being oppressed or silenced. The author reconstructs the social, emotional, and intellectual worlds of these women from the interstices between ideology, practice, and self-perception.


Ko challenges simplistic depictions of women as victims and argues that within their social and cultural constraints, a women's literary culture developed that transcended public and private spheres and redefined womanhood. . . . This multifaceted book is a breakthrough in the study of women as part of Chinese cultural and social history. -- Choice

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Publication date

1st January 1995


Dorothy Ko

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Stanford University Press


395 pages


Social & cultural history
Feminism & feminist theory



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