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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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Gender and Reading

Gender and Reading

Form, Rhetoric, and Community in Women’s Poetic Criticism

(p.121) Chapter 4 Gender and Reading
Herself an Author

Grace S. Fong

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter investigates the forms and rhetoric of poetic criticism adopted or invented by women poets and critics from the period of the Ming-Qing transition to the late Qing. These include discursive practices located in prefatory materials to anthologies and poetry collections, letters, poems discussing poetry, shihua literature (critical works focusing on poetry), and critical anthologies. In particular, this chapter discusses and compares the critical principles and rhetorical strategies underlying the commentaries in three acclaimed works produced at different historical junctures: Guixiu ji (Anthology of Talents of the Women's Quarters) by Ji Xian (1614–1683), Mingyuan shiwei (Classics of Poetry by Women of Note) by Wang Duanshu (1621–ca. 1680), and Mingyuan shihua (Remarks on Poetry by Notable Women) by Shen Shanbao (1808–1862).

Keywords:   poetic criticism, poetry, female poets, female critics, discursive practice, Guixiu ji, Mingyuan shiwei, Mingyuan shihua, Ji Xian, Wang Duanshu, Shen Shanbao

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