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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.159) Epilogue
Herself an Author

Grace S. Fong

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter offers some final remarks on the subject of women's writing after the late imperial timeframe taken up in this book (the early seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries). It argues that prior to the new forms of subjectivity constructed in Chinese modernity and the nationalist turn in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth century, there was a dialectic between writing and gendered agency that translated into a growing self-consciousness regarding the relative presence and significance of women's self-inscription, or women's ability to “author-ize” themselves and each other through writing. It also brings up the themes of agency in describing the crucial conceptions of the “author,” and looks to other as of yet neglected dimensions of this study for future research.

Keywords:   women's writing, Chinese modernity, gendered agency, self-inscription, gendered subjectivities, female authors

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