Politics, Poetics, and Gender in Late Qing China : Xue Shaohui and the Era of Reform / Nanxiu Qian.

Qian, Nanxiu, author., Author,
Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, [2020]
1 online resource (392 pages)
Politics and literature -- History -- China.
Politics and literature -- China -- History.
Women and literature -- History -- China.
Women and literature -- China -- History.
Women authors, Chinese -- Political and social views.
Women social reformers -- History -- China.
Women social reformers -- China -- History.
Women's rights -- History -- China.
Women's rights -- China -- History.
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1898. (search)
Xue Shaohui. (search)
equal rights. (search)
gender. (search)
late Qing reforms. (search)
patriarchal nationalism. (search)
wealth and power. (search)
women reformers. (search)
women's education. (search)
women's emancipation. (search)
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In 1898, Qing dynasty emperor Guangxu ordered a series of reforms to correct the political, economic, cultural, and educational weaknesses exposed by China's defeat by Japan in the First Sino-Japanese War. The "Hundred Day's Reform" has received a great deal of attention from historians who have focused on the well-known male historical actors, but until now the Qing women reformers have received almost no consideration. In this book, historian Nanxiu Qian reveals the contributions of the active, optimistic, and self-sufficient women reformers of the late Qing Dynasty. Qian examines the late Qing reforms from the perspective of Xue Shaohui, a leading woman writer who openly argued against male reformers' approach that subordinated women's issues to larger national concerns, instead prioritizing women's self-improvement over national empowerment. Drawing upon intellectual and spiritual resources from the freewheeling, xianyuan (worthy ladies) model of the Wei-Jin period of Chinese history (220-420) and the culture of women writers of late imperial China, and open to Western ideas and knowledge, Xue and the reform-minded members of her social and intellectual networks went beyond the inherited Confucian pattern in their quest for an ideal womanhood and an ideal social order. Demanding equal political and educational rights with men, women reformers challenged leading male reformers' purpose of achieving national "wealth and power," intending instead to unite women of all nations in an effort to create a just and harmonious new world.
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Part One. Making the Future Reformers (1866-1897)
Part Two. Revitalizing the Xianyuan Tradition in the Late Qing Reform Era (1897-1911)
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De Gruyter.
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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10.1515/9780804794275 doi
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