Imagining Sisterhood in Modern Chinese Texts, 1890-1937

Imagining Sisterhood in Modern Chinese Texts, 1890-1937
Auteur: Yun Zhu
Uitgever: Lexington Books
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9781498536295
  • Druk: 1
  • maart 2017
  • 236 pagina's
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This book investigates sisterhood as a converging thread that wove female subjectivities and intersubjectivities into a larger narrative of Chinese modernity embedded in a newly conceived global context. It focuses on the period between the late Qing reform era around the turn of the twentieth century and the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, which saw the emergence of new ways of depicting Chinese womanhood in various kinds of media. In a critical hermeneutic approach, Zhu combines an examination of an outside perspective (how narratives and images about sisterhood were mobilized to shape new identities and imaginations) with that of an inside perspective (how subjects saw themselves as embedded in or affected by the discourse and how they negotiated such experiences within texts or through writing). With its working definition of sisterhood covering biological as well as all kinds of symbolic and metaphysical connotations, this book exams the literary and cultural representations of this elastic notion with attention to, on the one hand, a supposedly collective identity shared by all modern Chinese female subjects and, on the other hand, the contesting modes of womanhood that were introduced through the juxtaposition of divergent sisters. Through an interdisciplinary approach that brings together historical materials, literary and cultural analysis, and theoretical questions, Zhu conducts a careful examination of how new identities, subjectivities and sentiments were negotiated and mediated through the hermeneutic circuits around sisterhood.


Yun Zhu has examined sisterhood across a wide body of primary texts, bringing multiple genres in dialogue with each other. In so doing she has opened the door for further dialogue about women's shared community and emotional bond within the larger framework of modernity, national culture, and human emancipation. She shows us that there is no female collective without its multiple others. The elasticity of sisterhood, appropriated broadly, does not tell us more about women's shared experience, but the uses to which their union are strategically employed. * Nan Nu: Men, Women and Gender in China * This well-researched and tightly argued book demonstrates the centrality of an imagined female community, rallying around the notion of 'sisterhood,' in the construction of modern Chinese nationalism and Chinese modernity. -- Ping Zhu, University of Oklahoma Yun Zhu's cutting-edge and eye-opening book offers an important and inspiring study of sisterhood imaginations from late Qing to mid-Republican China. Built upon substantial archival studies, the chapters are thematically woven together and offer a nuanced, rigorous and interdisciplinary analysis of a broad array of sisterhood narratives in diverse genres, including traditional chantefable fiction, modern novellas, short stories, film and periodicals. Refreshing, timely, and well-researched, this compelling study urges readers to confront and critically assess the complexities, paradoxes and hybridizations of female subjectivities in China's long process of transition toward modernity in a shifting global context. -- Li Guo, Utah State University



maart 2017
24,1 x 15,9 x 1,9 cm
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