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- DescriptionWomen entered the book trade in significant numbers in China during the late 16th Century, when it became acceptable for women from 'good families' to write poetry and seek to publish their collected poems. At about the same time, a boom in the publication of fiction began, and semi-professional velists emerged. This study begins with three case studies, each of which probes one facet of the relationship between women and fiction in the early 19th Century. It examines in turn the prefaces written by four women for a vel about women; the activities of a woman editor and writer of fiction; and writings on fiction by three leading literary women. Building on these case studies, the second half of the book focuses on the many sequels to the Dream of the Red Chamber - one of which was demonstrably written by a woman - and the significance of this vel for women. As Ellen Widmer shows, by the end of the century, women were becoming increasingly involved in the vel as critical readers, writers and editors. And if women and their relationship to fiction changed over the 19th Century, the vel changed as well, t the least in its growing recognition of the importance of female readers.
- Author BiographyEllen Widmer is Professor of Chinese Literature at Wesleyan University.
- Author(s)Ellen Widmer
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication07/04/2006
- Series TitleHarvard East Asian Monographs
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 268
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight750 g
- Width180 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine35 mm
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