2017/2018 School of Chinese Research Students Seminar
From Writing about History to Compiling History: Wang Duan’s Historical Depiction
繆冬 Miao Dong
December 8, 2017 (Friday), 5:30-6:45pm
Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Wang Duan was one of the most famous women poets in Qing China. She was born in a literati-scholar family in Qiantang (Hangzhou) and received scholar education. Her works, which cover a broad range of subjects and exhibit her interest in history, were published posthumously under the title Ziran haoxue zhai ji (Collected Writings from Natural Love-of-Learning Studio). Besides, what makes her unique was the fact that she was the editor of Ming sanshi jia shi xuan (Selected Poems of Thirty Ming Poets), a comprehensive anthology of Ming poetry written by male poets. She was also a profound historian. In this presentation, I will analyze Wang Duan’s life trajectory through her poetry writing (especially those poems related to history) to demonstrate how a 19th century female scholar empowered herself by writing, commenting and editing work.
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