Precious Records

Precious Records

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Most analyses of gender in High Qing times have focused on literature and on the writings of the elite; this book broadens the scope of inquiry to include women's work in the farm household, courtesan entertainment, and women's participation in ritual observances and religion. In dealing with literature, it shows how women's poetry can serve the historian as well as the literary critic, drawing on one of the first anthologies of women's writing compiled by a woman to examine not only literary sensibilities and intimate emotions, but also political judgments, moral values, and social relations.Inner alchemy manuals lead a woman through a rigorous process of bodily discipline and mental concentration that ... in the creation and transmission of the Daoist canon.94 High Qing readers were familiar with an inner alchemy manual titledanbsp;...

Title:Precious Records
Author:Susan Mann
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 1997


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