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Women Writers And Gender Boundaries During The Ming-Qing Transition

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Swords, real, imaginary, or metaphorical, continue to define an important tradition in the voice of women poets in the Chinese tradition. Between these seventeenth century writers and Qiu Jin 秋瑾 are nineteenth century writers like Wu Zao 吳藻, Shen Shanbao, Tan Yinmei 談印梅, Wu Shangxi 吳尚熹, Zuo Xijia 左錫嘉, and Zuo Xixuan 左錫璇, who in some of their poems use similar heroic gestures. As Susan Mann demonstrates in her chapter, mid-nineteenth century turmoil produced a great wave of women writers concerned with affairs of the public domain, and the political and historical engagement in these writings encompasses a spectrum of perspectives on China's decline.

Keywords: Ming-Qing transition; women poets

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