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The Unseen Hand: Contextualizing Luo Qilan And Her Anthologies

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This chapter focuses on some aspects of the context in which two anthologies of poems edited by the woman poet-painter Luo Qilan came into being. Luo is known for being one of several women who were anthologized by the eighteenth-century literatus Yuan Mei. First, the chapter discusses some of the male scholars and officials who were included in her Tingqiuxuan zengyan . Second, it discusses some of the contributors to her all female Tingqiuxuan guizhong tongren ji. A close reading of Luo's Tingqiuxuan shiji reveals that she was multi-skilled in the arts. The high-ranking official Zhaolian (1780-1833) is one of the Manchu men who appears in the first pages of Luo's Zengyan anthology. Luo Qilan is now part of the familiar landscape of Qing studies. The chapter discusses three of the seventeen women who were anthologized in the Tongren ji in the context of their relationship to Luo Qilan.

Keywords: Chinese women's poetry; eighteenth-century literatus; Luo Qilan; Manchu men; Qing anthology; Tingqiuxuan guizhong tongren ji; Tingqiuxuan shiji; Tingqiuxuan zengyan ; Yuan Mei



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