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Wen-hsin Yeh

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219236

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219236.001.0001

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

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

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(p.342) Ten Of Authenticity and Woman: Personal Narratives of Middle-Class Women in Modern China
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Becoming Chinese
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Duara Prasenjit

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219236.003.0010

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

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