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.
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