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Family Matters: Patterns Of Solidarity And Discord In The Brothel

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This chapter measures the 'gender' borders and boundaries of the courtesans' world. What rules regulate and complicate female interaction? Is theirs a woman's world, where women rule over a band of subjugated men? Are they benevolent queens in a proto-feminist utopian reign where all women are sisters and all men are enemies? What happens when a respectable woman 'trespasses', as it were, into it? Why would male authors want to evoke such representations? These are the questions that are addresses in the chapter and, at the end, in light of these explorations, it discusses the feasibility of invoking the female gender as the ruling power and voice within the context of these late Qing narrative trajectories.

Keywords: Brothel; women



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