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The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period

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The Sung Dynasty (960-1279) was a paradoxical era for Chinese women. This was a time when footbinding spread, and Confucian scholars began to insist that it was better for a widow to starve than to remarry. Yet there were also improvements in women's status in marriage and property rights. In this thoroughly original work, one of the most respected scholars of premodern Ch ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by University of California Press (first published November 1st 1993)
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Elizabeth Reid
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LOVED learning more about women in Chinese history!
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This monograph for general audience best congeals Patricia Ebrey’s effort to bring women into the discussion of social history of Song China (976-1279). Despite the lack of Song sources by the women, Ebrey is able to glean almost all available Song sources about women such as legal cases, funerary biographies, medicinal literature, paintings, poems, marriage proposal, philosophical writings, etc. Based on critical readings of these collected material, Ebrey, for the first time, brings to us a pl ...more
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I had to read this for my History 349: Women of East Asia class in university this semester. It was very informative for reading about the lives and duties of women in Sung dynasty China. The only problem I had with this text is that the author mostly focused on higher society and didn't discuss lower class society. Overall, a fairly interesting read.
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Patricia Buckley Ebrey is an American historian specializing in cultural and gender issues during the Chinese Song Dynasty. Ebrey obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1968 and her Masters and PhD from Columbia University in 1970 and 1975, respectively. Upon receiving her PhD, Ebrey was hired as visiting assistant professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. S ...more
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