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Herself an AuthorGender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China$
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Grace S. Fong

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831868

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831868.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Herself an Author

Grace S. Fong

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter briefly reflects on the scarcity of sources of women's literature in imperial China, remarking on the double standards that have limited the production of women's writing. Although many would produce literature that is still well-known today, much of this neglected body of writing remains to be engaged in modern scholarship and literary history. Thus this chapter embarks on a few preliminary questions to guide this volume's study in its entirety—most particularly, the question of finding “ways of talking about them.” It raises issues of gendered agency and subjectivity, among others, in order to move the discussion toward a “cultural turn” in literary studies.

Keywords:   imperial China, women's literature, Chinese women, women's writing, modern scholarship, literary history, gendered agency, textual production

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