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Politics, Poetics, and Gender in Late Qing ChinaXue Shaohui (1866-1911) and the Era of Reform$
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Nanxiu Qian

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804792400

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804792400.001.0001

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Xue Shaohui and the Min Writing-Women Culture

Xue Shaohui and the Min Writing-Women Culture

(p.23) One Xue Shaohui and the Min Writing-Women Culture
Politics, Poetics, and Gender in Late Qing China

Nanxiu Qian

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores the Min writing-women culture from Xue’s perspective, based on Xue’s reading of the literature and art of Min women, along with some major critical works on their poetic accomplishments. According to Xue, Min writing-women had been producing a culture of their own since the mid seventeenth century. This culture boasted the Guanglu Poetic School as its institutional manifestation and the xianyuan ideal as its intellectual foundation. Over time, the Min writing-women tradition had been disseminated horizontally through marital and communal ties and vertically through the mechanism of mothers’ teaching. This culture made major contributions to the formation of Min poetics, and Min women poets surpassed their male counterpart in poetic accomplishments. This culture demonstrated its tenacity in the midst of the late Qing turmoil and prepared Min writing women for their future participation in the late Qing reforms.

Keywords:   Min Writing-Women Culture, Guanlu School, Xie Daoyun, Bamboo Grove aura, willow-catkin poetics, Min Poetic School, Lin Hong, Zhang Hongqiao, Han Wo, Lin Puqing

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