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The Talented Women of the Zhang Family
The history of China in the nineteenth century usually features men as the dominant figures in a chronicle of warfare, rebellion, and dynastic decline. This book challenges that model and provides a different account of the era, history as seen through the eyes of women. Basing her remarkable study on the poetry and memoirs of three generations of literary women of the ...more
Paperback, Philip E. Lilienthal Books in Asian Studies, 322 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by University of California Press
(first published 2007)
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Dec 17, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
This book was quite an interesting idea for a book about women in the 19th century in China. Rather than giving a straight history, as she did in her previous book, Precious Scrolls, Mann draws on primary sources to receate the lives of a the women of the Zhang family. It is a great idea to give a first hand glimpse into their lives, while it doesn't read like fiction it still gives a good idea of how life was lived by those women. I think this book would be an excellent introduction to the ...more
Susan Mann retired from the History Department in June, 2010, after nearly 30 years of teaching in the UC system, first at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1982-1989) and then at UC Davis.More about Susan L. Mann...