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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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Authoring Journeys

Authoring Journeys

Women on the Road

(p.85) Chapter 3 Authoring Journeys
Herself an Author

Grace S. Fong

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines records of journeys—in prose and poetry—written by women as a result of the apparent increase in travel undertaken by women in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The circumstances and duration of travel varied. At one end of the spectrum, daughters, wives, and concubines accompanied fathers and husbands to official postings. At the other end, widows transported their husbands' coffins home for burial in the family cemetery and recorded their journeys both passionately and dispassionately. All journeys became potential occasions for recording by literate women. By reading the nuanced constructions of gendered subjectivities in select texts, the chapter explores the constitution of gendered agency in travel.

Keywords:   travel writing, prose, poetry, women's travel writing, gendered subjectivities, gendered agency

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