Women on the Road
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.
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