(Gu Ruopu)

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Women Writers of Traditional China: An Anthology of Poetry and Criticism

Author(s): Chang, Kang-I Sun; Saussy, Haun; Kwong, Charles; Yu, Anthony C.; Kao, Yu-Kung;Gu Ruopu
ISBN10: 0804732302
ISBN13: 9780804732307
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1/1/2000
Publisher(s): Stanford Univ Pr

Synopsis
This anthology of Chinese women's poetry in translation brings together representative selections from the work of some 130 poets from the Han dynasty to the early twentieth century. To measure the development of Chinese women's poetry, one must take into account not only the poems but also the prose writings -- prefaces, biographies, theoretical tracts -- that framed them and attempted to shape women's writing as a distinct category of literature. To this end, the anthology contains an extended section of criticism by and about women writers.
These poets include empresses, imperial concubines, courtesans, grandmothers, recluses, Buddhist nuns, widows, painters, farm wives, revolutionaries, and adolescent girls thought to be incarnate immortals. Some women wrote out of isolation and despair, finding in words a mastery that otherwise eluded them. Others were recruited into poetry by family members, friends, or sympathetic male advocates. Some dwelt on intimate family matters and cast their poems as addresses to husbands and sons at large in the wide world.

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