Passionate Women

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-07-01
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
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This is a collection of original essays which focuses on the causes, meanings and significance of female suicides in Ming and Qing China. It is the first attempt in English-language scholarship to revise earlier views of female self-destruction that had been shaped by the May Fourth Movement and anti-Confucian critiques of Chinese culture, and to consider the matter of female suicide in the wider context of more recent scholarship on women and gender relations in late imperial China. The essays also reveal the world of tensions, conflicting demands and expectations, and a variety of means by which both women and men made moral sense of their lives in late imperial China.The volume closes with an extensive bibliography of relevant and important Chinese, Japanese, and Western publications related to female suicide in late imperial China.

Table of Contents

``Foreword'' 1(2)
Harriet T. Zurndorfer
Passionate Women: Female Suicide in Late Imperial China---Introduction'' 3(19)
Paul S. Ropp
``The Daughter, the Singing-Girl, and the Seduction of Suicide''
Katherine Carlitz
``Managing Martyrdom: Female Suicide and Statecraft in Mid-Qing China''
Janet Theiss
``Untamed Hearts: Eros and Suicide in Late Imperial Chinese Fiction''
Paola Zamperini
``Signifying Bodies: The Cultural Signifi-of Suicide Writings by Women in Ming-Quing China''
Grace S. Fong
``Bibliography'' 143(9)
Paul S. Ropp
Index 152

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