- Title Pages
- A Note on Textual Conventions
- A Note on Dynasties and Reigns
- Prologue: A Chaste Barbarian Martyrs Herself on the Imperial Frontier
- Chapter 1 Defining Gender Orthodoxy for a Multiethnic Empire
- Chapter 2 Statecraft and Gender Order in the Qianlong Reign
- Prologue: A Righteous Husband Plays the Politics of the Wifely Way
- Chapter 3 Enforcing Gender Order: Between the Ancestral Hall and the Yamen
- Chapter 4 Divided Loyalties: Natal Families and the Exercise of Patrilineal Authority
- Chapter 5 Adultery, Incest, and the Multiple Meanings of Patriarchy
- Prologue: A Compromised Widow Sacrifices Her Body to Defend Inner Virtue
- Chapter 6 The Wages of Wanton Mixing: Violation and Gender Disorder
- Chapter 7 “Accommodating Sages”: Gender Separation in Social Practice
- Prologue: Male Impropriety and Female Outrage Lead to a Tragic End
- Chapter 8 The Problem of Female Moral Agency
- Chapter 9 The Logic of Female Suicide
- A Note on Archival Sources
- Character List
- Other Sources
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