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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 Synopsis

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.

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

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780804723596
Publication date: 30th November 1994
Author: Dorothy Ko
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 395 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, Feminism & feminist theory,

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