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Of Authenticity and Woman: Personal Narratives of Middle-Class Women in Modern China

Duara Prasenjit

in Becoming Chinese

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219236
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924413 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219236.003.0010
Of Authenticity and Woman: Personal Narratives of Middle-Class Women in Modern China

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This chapter explores the representation of women in modern Chinese nationalist discourse and the subversion of such discourse by the women themselves. It describes the two very different nationalistic representations of women. One is the May Fourth representation of the radically anti-Confucian, anti-familial, nationalist woman and the varieties of more conservative constructions of woman as the representative of the soul of the tradition. It suggests that the way Chinese women were supposed to personify the essence of national tradition was a matter of many pragmatic possibilities and diverse political ramifications.

Keywords: Chinese women; nationalist discourse; May Fourth representation; national tradition; anti-Confucian; political ramifications

Chapter.  12069 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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