Intimate Memory: Gender and Mourning in Late Imperial China

SUNY Press
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 Sheds new light on pre-modern Chinese gender relationships in the context of marriage, male Confucian literati self-presentation, and social networks.
In the first study of its kind about the role played by intimate memory in the mourning literature of late imperial China, Martin W. Huang focuses on the question of how men mourned and wrote about women to whom they were closely related. Drawing upon memoirs, epitaphs, biographies, litanies, and elegiac poems, Huang explores issues such as how intimacy shaped the ways in which bereaved male authors conceived of womanhood and how such conceptualizations were inevitably also acts of self-reflection about themselves as men. Their memorial writings reveal complicated self-images as husbands, brothers, sons, and educated Confucian males, while their representations of women are much more complex and diverse than the representations we find in more public genres such as Confucian female exemplar biographies.
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About the author

 Martin W. Huang is Professor of Chinese at the University of California, Irvine and the author of Negotiating Masculinities in Late Imperial China.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Apr 1, 2018
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Pages
232
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ISBN
9781438469010
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Language
English
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Genres
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Lifespan Development
PSYCHOLOGY / General
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