Feminism/Femininity in Chinese Literature


The present volume of Critical Studies is a collection of selected essays on the topic of feminism and femininity in Chinese literature. Although feminism has been a hot topic in Chinese literary circles in recent years, this remarkable collection represents one of the first of its kind to be published in English. The essays have been written by well-known scholars and feminists including Kang-I Sun Chang of Yale University, and Li Ziyun, a writer and feminist in Shanghai, China. The essays are inter- and multi-disciplinary, covering several historical periods in poetry and fiction (from the Ming-Qing periods to the twentieth century). In particular, the development of women’s writing in the New Period (post-1976) is examined in depth. The articles thus offer the reader a composite and broad perspective of feminism and the treatment of the female in Chinese literature. As this remarkable new collection attests, the voices of women in China have begun calling out loudly, in ways that challenge prevalent views about the Chinese female persona.

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Peng-hsiang Chen (a/s Tan Pong Siang) is a prolific literary critic, poet, and writer. Previously Professor of English and Director of the English Center at National Taiwan Normal University, he is now Professor and Chairman of the Department of English at Shih Hsin University in Taipei. An East–West comparatist interested in thematology — see his From Thematics to the Chinese School of Comparative Literature (Bookman, 1992) –, he has published extensively on literary theory, East–West comparative literature, and Malaysian–Chinese Literature. His recent publications include a guest-edition “Sinology and Cross-Cultural Studies”, special issue of the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (December 1997) and Papers on History of Malaysian Chinese Literature (Chinese, forthcoming).
Whitney Crothers Dilley, Assistant Professor of English at Shih Hsin University, received her Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington in 1998. Her areas of specialization include British and American literature, and comparative literature. Recent publications include an article in the Tamkang Review on postcolonialism in Taiwanese and Quebecois fiction.
1. Kang-i Sun CHANG: Ming-Qing Women Poets and Cultural Androgyny.
2. Kuei-fen CHIU: Identity Politics in Contemporary Women's Novels in Taiwan.
3. Li XIAOJIANG: Resisting While Holding the Tradition - Claims for Rights Raised in Literature by Chinese Women Writers in the New Period.
4. Li ZIYUN: The Disappearance and Revival of Feminine Discourse.
5. Peng HSIAO-YEN: Sex Histories: Zhang Jingsheng's Sexual Revolution.
6. Wang FEI: Literary Calls from Women Novelists.
7. Chin-chown LIM: Emasculation Imitation and the Mapping of Male Castration: Eileen Chang's Ecriture Feminine and her Anti-Paternality Strategies.
8. John Zhongming CHEN: Women's Autobiography as Counter-Discourse: The Case of Dorothy Livesay and Yu Loujin.
9. John Kwok-kan TAM: Ibsenism and Ideological Constructions of the New Women in Modern Chinese Fiction.
10. Lau KAM-FUNG: Female Identity in Contemporary Chinese and Western Literature: Zhang Xinxin and Virginia Woolf.
11. Tim-kung KU: Man in Woman's Voice and Vice Versa: The Chinese and English Female-Persona Lyrics - A Response to Some Concepts in Feminist Criticism.
12. Wang NING: Feminist Theory and Contemporary Chinese Female Literature.
13. Shu-chen CHIANG: Rejection of Postmodern Abandon: Chu T'ien-wen's Fin-de-siècle Splendor.
14. Joyce Chi-hui LIU: Filmic Transposition of the Roses: Stanley Kwan's Feminine Response to Eileen Chang's Women.
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