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Empress Wu Zetian in Fiction and in History: Female Defiance in Confucian China $35.00
Authors: Dien, Dora (California State University) 
Book Description:
Gender distinction in China, as one observes it through the study of the culture, society, and individual psychology, reveals both major transitions in the role of women but remarkable continuity in the appreciation of their capabilities. This book explores such changes and continuity as evidenced in Chinese mythologies, fictional writings and historical biographies set against the backdrop of Confucianism, evolving Daoism (Taoism), and Buddhist influences, and concludes with what implications this has for gender equality in modern China.
The life of Empress Wu Zetian and her accomplishments serve to illustrate how a woman was able to negotiate the realities of societal constraints and came to manage a complex empire in Tang China. The reader will also enjoy tales of adventure and romance in legend and in fiction as women found ways to participate in public life in the dynastic past.

Table of Contents:
Preface;

Chapter One - The Ideological Backdrop; pp. 1-10

Chapter Two - Destinies of the Flowers in the Mirror; pp. 11-20

Chapter Three - Tang’s Commentary on Chinese Society; pp. 21-26

Chapter Four - The Rise and Fall of the Historical Empress Wu;
pp. 27-57

Chapter Five - Empress Wu’s Achievements; pp. 59-67

Chapter Six - Gender Distinctions in Traditional China; pp. 69-80

Chapter Seven - Women in Legend and Fiction; pp. 81-90

Chapter Eight - Overcoming the Legacy of Confucianism: Urban Educated Women; pp. 91-97

Chronology

References;

Index.

   Binding: ebook
   Pub. Date: 2003
   ISBN: 978-1-62081-597-7
   Status: AV
  
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