Androgyny In Late Ming And Early Qing Literature
Author: Zuyan Zhou
First published 2003. 324 pages. The frequent appearance of androgyny in Ming and Qing literature has long interested scholars of late imperial Chinese culture. A flourishing economy, widespread education, rising individualism, a prevailing hedonism – all these contributed to the gradual disintegration of gender roles in late Ming and early Qing China (1550-1750). The author looks at this important period and the concept of androgyny in Chinese fiction and drama.
Chapters include: Androgyny Defined; Androgyny in Chinese Philosophy; Gender Ambiguity in Late Ming and Early Qing Culture; The Plum in the Golden Vase: A Prelude to the Androgyny Craze; The Peony Pavilion: A Paen to the Androgynous Ideal; The Peach Blossom Fan: An Ambivalent Hymn to Political Androgyny; The Dream of the Red Chamber: A Shattered Dream of Androgyny; Notes, glossary and bibliography.
Hardcover with jacket,a new, unread book, very light surface wear to jacket. 9 by 6 inches.