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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’s Literary Response to the Late Qing Reforms

Xue’s Literary Response to the Late Qing Reforms

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Politics, Poetics, and Gender in Late Qing China

Nanxiu Qian

Stanford University Press

This chapter probes Xue’s poetic response to late Qing reforms. Her four hundred fifty traditional-style poems literally chronicled the era. The termination of the Hundred Days and the repressive aftermath only urged Xue into more profound contemplation on the purpose and practice of the reform. One major issue was women’s proper positions within the guo amidst its re-conceptualization as state, country, and/or nation-state in the reform era. She would apply related ideas to the portrayal of women in the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The final section examines Xue’s last poems composed during the New-Policy campaign and the constitutional movement, when Xue argued for a democratic republic as an ideal political structure for China.

Keywords:   aiguo, Boxer Rebellion, New Policies, Constitutional Movement, Republican Revolution

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