Gail Hershatter

in The Gender of Memory

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267701
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950344 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the retrospective recounting of life in the collective years by women in reform-era China. It looks at an ongoing interdisciplinary and cross-geographical discussion about revolution, repudiation and post-Communist nostalgia and traces the connections between pre-Liberation, socialist construction, and market socialism eras. It suggests that the women in this study have fashioned a narrative of progress, featuring themselves as paragons of womanly virtue, telling their stories in an era when the histories, memories, and institutions of the collective era are disappearing and devalued.

Keywords: women; collective years; reform-era China; revolution; post-Communist nostalgia; womanly virtue; collective era

Chapter.  11822 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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