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Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China

Grace S. Fong


This book addresses the critical question of how to approach the study of women's writing. It explores various methods of engaging in a meaningful way with a rich corpus of poetry and prose written by women of the late Ming and Qing periods. The book treats different genres of writing and includes translations of texts that are made available for the first time in English. Among the works considered are the life-long poetic record of Gan Lirou, the lyrical travel journal kept by Wang Fengxian, and the erotic poetry of the concubine Shen Cai. Taking the view that gentry women's varied textual p ... More

Keywords: women's writing, female poetry, female prose, Gan Lirou, Wang Fengxian, Shen Cai, poetry collections, travel writings, concubines, late imperial China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831868
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grace S. Fong, author
McGill University