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Author Judge, Joan, 1958-

Title The precious raft of history : the past, the West, and the woman question in China / Joan Judge
Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [2010?]
[2010?], c2008


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Description xii, 400 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction: women and temporality -- The regime of feminine virtue -- Chaste women : sacred, praiseworthy, or misguided -- Public women : licentious or evolved -- History, nation, and female talent -- Women of talent : valorized and repudiated -- Wise mothers and mothers of citizens -- New global hierarchies of female heroism -- The Chinese woman warrior and the Western heroine -- The new-style heroine and the paradoxes of feminine time -- Conclusion : from the turn of the twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first
Summary "Joan Judge's The Precious Raft of History does exactly what a raft is supposed to do. It rescues history, in this case the history of Chinese women in the late Qing dynasty, from the dismissive condescension of revolutionaries and scholars alike. With impressive erudition, Judge gives us genuinely new material and themes to think about. This is original, careful, exciting work."---Gail Hershatter, University of California, Santa Cruz --
"In this broadly researched, ambitiously structured book, Judge presents a cross-section of the writings appearing at the turn of the 20th century that addressed the so-called ̀women's question in China. Rather than using such jaded terms as ̀tradition' and ̀modern,' she ingeniously divides these writings into what she calls ̀four chronotypes'.... These chronotypes, which bridge history with literary theory, have enable Judge to demonstrate a complex and multifarious scene of sociocultural change at a critical juncture in Chinese history."---Choice --
"This fascinating new book strips away scholarly illusions about ruptures in China's nineteenth and early-twentieth century history, and reveals how new roles for women have deep roots in a dense textual and cultural past. The illustrations are nothing short of fabulous."---Susan Mann, University of California, Davis --
This book reveals and interprets the rich diversity of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Chinese approaches to their own past and the modern West through the lens of the woman question. Writers and activists who engaged in debates over this question variously appropriated biographies of women---a genre with a 2,000-year history in China and a new political salience in the early twentieth century. Judge maps the ways these individuals used historical Chinese and modern Western women's biographies to promote competing visions of female virtue, talent, and heroism, and, ultimately, to advance competing evaluations of China's ritual teachings, cultural heritage, and national future. She concludes by applying the hermeneutics of historical change she develops for the turn of the twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first century, as women's issues continue to foreground Chinese conceptions of the past, the West, and the nation. --Book Jacket
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Women -- China -- Social conditions -- History.
LC no. 2007037656
ISBN 9780804773263 paperback
0804773262 paperback