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Imagining History And The State: Fujian Guixiu (Genteel Ladies) At Home And On The Road

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The poems analyzed in this chapter display Fujian women writers' imaginings of history and of a community beyond home, around the eighteenth century. The chapter explores how the historical and spatial consciousness of Fujian guixiu is revealed in their poetic writings through their critical comments on history and vivid representations of cultural and political geography. This historical and spatial consciousness resembles the "imagined community" described by Benedict Anderson. Anderson points to three crucial resources that the author uses here to demonstrate imaginings of history and the state before nationalism: centrally defined polity, sacred script, and the notion of cosmology.

Keywords: Benedict Anderson; Fujian Guixiu



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