By Joan Judge

This booklet unearths and translates the wealthy range of turn-of-the-twentieth-century chinese language techniques to their very own previous and the fashionable West in the course of the lens of the girl query. Writers and activists who engaged in debates over this question variously appropriated biographies of women—a style with a 2,000-year heritage in China and a brand new political salience within the early 20th century. pass judgement on maps the methods those contributors used historic chinese language and glossy Western women's biographies to advertise competing visions of woman advantage, expertise, and heroism, and, eventually, to increase competing reviews of China's ritual teachings, cultural historical past, and nationwide destiny. She concludes through making use of the hermeneutics of historic swap she develops for the flip of the 20 th century to the flip of the twenty-first century, as women's matters proceed to foreground chinese language conceptions of the prior, the West, and the nation.

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