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Women of Classical Chinese Poetry

Oct. 25

An overview of women poets in the tradition of classical Chinese poetry, presenting the works of a few prominent poets such as Li Qingzhao (12th century) and Qiu Jin (early 20th century). Topics will include an exploration of how women poets adopt or reject the pre-existing feminine voice and the formation of the poetic canon.

Scholar Bio: Hu Ying, associate professor of Chinese literature, University of California, Irvine. The focus of her research is the literature and culture of late 19th to early 20th century China, a fascinating period that witnessed rapid changes in every aspect of the Chinese world. This period of great ideological and cultural fluidity bred a generation of independent thinkers. She is specifically interested in seeing how women at the time - revolutionaries, writers, artists - understood and intervened in such changes of political system, cultural values and gender norms. As a feminist scholar, she pays close attention to the relationship between feminisms from different cultural traditions, the interaction, domestication, appropriation that occur when these traditions come into contact/conflict. As a Chinese scholar, part of her research attention is inevitably turned toward contemporary China.

Additional reading:
Grace Fong, Grace. Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China.
Maija Bell Samei, Gendered Persona and Poetic Voice: The Abandoned Woman in Early Chinese Song Lyrics.