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The Inner Quarters And Beyond: Women Writers From Ming Through Qing And Its Deliberations On A "Minor Literature"

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This conclusory chapter highlights that many of the chapters in this book are in implicit or explicit dialogue with the condescending attitudes toward talented women expressed by early twentieth-century writers, such as Liang Qichao. Hamilton's chapter on Luo Qilan documents the individuality and talent of this eighteenth century writer, editor, and painter. Grant's chapter on religious women takes one back to the late Ming and early Qing. It introduces a set of writings that might be deemed a minor literature within a minor literature. A third group of chapters emphasizes the ways in which men's and women's literatures differ. Prominent among these is Siao-chen Hu's chapter on tanci, a genre sometimes used by men but best known today as the women's equivalent of xiaoshuo fiction. Grace Fong's chapter on poetry about illness is another that comments on men's and women's literary practice.

Keywords: Liang Qichao; Luo Qilan; Ming - Qing governing-class women; minor literature; tanci; women writer; xiaoshuo



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