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The Lady And The State: Women's Writings In Times Of Trouble During The Nineteenth Century (Susan Mann)

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This chapter follows the lead of these scholars and of modern anthologists and critics Liang Yizhen 梁乙真, Su Zhecong 蘇者聰, and Shen Lidong 沈立東 and Ge Rutong 葛汝桐, to survey tropes in women's writing about the troubled times of the last half of the nineteenth century. It begins with the positioning of the female political subject as a lady in her proper domestic role, a position based on the "exemplary" account of the Woman of Lu from Qishi. The chapter then moves to poems written at mid-century, protesting military pressure from Western countries and then reacting to the upheavals of the Taiping Rebellion.

Keywords: lady; nineteenth century



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