If you have work in progress concerning the status of women and Confucian philosophy or Chinese history and are interested in presenting that at a conference, consider participating in the 2019 Association of Asian Studies meetings in Denver on March 21-24, 2019. A philosopher is putting together a panel on this subject for AAS. If interested, please send your 250 word abstract and paper title no later than July 26 to Ryan Nichols at rnichols -at- fullerton -dot- edu.
SUNY has published Martin W. Huang, Intimate Memory: Gender and Mourning in Late Imperial China.
In the first study of its kind about the role played by intimate memory in the mourning literature of late imperial China, Martin W. Huang focuses on the question of how men mourned and wrote about women to whom they were closely related. Drawing upon memoirs, epitaphs, biographies, litanies, and elegiac poems, Huang explores issues such as how intimacy shaped the ways in which bereaved male authors conceived of womanhood and how such conceptualizations were inevitably also acts of self-reflection about themselves as men. Their memorial writings reveal complicated self-images as husbands, brothers, sons, and educated Confucian males, while their representations of women are much more complex and diverse than the representations we find in more public genres such as Confucian female exemplar biographies.
Ann Pang-White. The Confucian Four Books for Women: A New Translation of the Nü Sishu and the Commentary of Wang Xiang. Oxford, 2018. (Amazon link here.)
Bret Hinsch. Women in Ancient China. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. (Amazon link here.)
Kevin DeLapp. Partial Values: A Comparative Study in the Limits of Objectivity. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. (Amazon link here.)
Bin Song has published a new essay at Huffington Post called “Today Ruism (Confucianism) Can Unconditionally Support Same-Sex Marriage.” Discussion welcome!
The edited transcript of a lecture I gave last spring at Shandong University has been published in the 《山东大学报》(Journal of Shandong University). The title is “进步儒学和夫妇之伦.” Enjoy!
I here re-post information from Keith Knapp’s email list about two recent books: Chandler’s Expressing the Heart’s Intent and Cook & Luo’s Birth in Ancient China. Congratulations to all!
Amy Olberding’s scathing critique of David Tien’s continued role in the field of Chinese philosophy.
SUNY has published Eva Kit Wah Man, Bodies in China: Philosophy, Aesthetics, Gender, and Politics. More information is here or below.
Here is Sarah Mattice’s review of Ann Pang-White’s Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Gender, published in Hypatia Reviews Online.
Bin SONG has published a new editorial at Huffington Post titled “The Status of Women is Not an Issue for the Ru (Confucian) Tradition.” Check it out!
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies, edited by Sor-hoon Tan, is due to be published later this week. Details are here, and I’ll paste the very rich Table of Contents below. This is another in the Bloomsbury Research Handbooks in Asian Philosophy series, on which more is available here. So far, the only other title concerned with Chinese philosophy is The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy and Gender, edited by Ann-Pang White, which appeared earlier this year; see further below for its Table of Contents, and more details here. The series also contains several books focusing on the philosophies of India.
Journalist Qian Jianghua writes: “A leading Confucian academic’s defense of polygamy and arranged marriage continues to stoke tensions, months after he made the comments last year in an article titled ‘Only Confucianism can settle modern women.'” More here.
Oliver Weingarten’s review of Smadar Winter’s University of Chicago Ph.D. dissertation, “Motherhood in Early China,” is available online. A couple highlights (from the review, not the dissertation itself):
- “…An example of her disagreement with earlier scholarship is her response to attempts by Catherine Despeux and Livia Kohn to highlight the “prominence of motherhood” in the Laozi 老子. Winter counters this claim with a well-conceived alternative reading that argues for the secondary importance of motherhood in the text.”
- “…In her conclusion, Winter revisits debates about two paradigms in the gender history of early China: “woman as victim” and “woman as agent.” While she acknowledges the importance of the latter, she reminds her readers that “women’s agency was always defined in the service of male interests.” (p. 215) To acknowledge this is crucial so as to not to forget the “forms of oppression from which early Chinese women have suffered.” Consequently, Winter argues against “a neutral-to-positive tone which seems to be saying: Yes, there was oppression, but women were still able to lead meaningful lives and fulfill their humanity in the roles that subordinated them.” (p. 216)”
Exemplary Women of Early China: The Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang
Translated and edited by Anne Behnke Kinney
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