Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture

by Megan M. Ferry


"In Chinese Women Writers and Modern Print Culture, Professor Megan Ferry provides a meticulous analysis of the gendered spaces that modern Chinese publishers, editors, critics, propagandists, and policy makers created for the work of female authors, both before and after the Communist revolution of 1949. This detailed study of the textual and visual mechanisms that bring gender into being makes an important and original contribution to our understanding of print culture, both in China and beyond." —Michel Hockx, Professor of Chinese Literature and Director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, University of Notre Dame

"Investigating the intricate relationship between the politics of culture, economics, and print media, Megan Ferry discloses the subtle gender ideologies of the paratext, or the way in which the textual and visual environment, of the early and mid-twentieth century in China defined and demeaned the intellectual contributions of women. This illuminating study looks beyond the usual suspects of famous texts and authors, weaving an insightful tapestry that exposes the complex elements inscribing women into social life." —Wendy Larson, Professor Emerita, University of Oregon

"This superbly researched and analytically sophisticated book marks an important intervention into studies of women’s subjectivity in twentieth-century China, as well as for literary and media studies more generally. Ferry demonstrates the significance of interrogating the ways in which both historical and contemporary understandings of women’s writings and cultural expression are framed by tropes and structures of gender differentiation in media, literary criticism, and capitalism/consumption. With this insightful, thought-provoking study, Ferry provides us with a much-needed nuanced understanding of the complicated interactions between conceptualizations of women’s empowerment and emancipation with the structural conditions in which empowerment is expressed. After reading this book, many scholars, myself included, will find themselves rethinking the terms on which we accord public recognition to women (as) writers." —Tina Mai Chen, Department Head and Professor of History, University of Manitoba


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