Tuesday, February 17, 2004

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I suffer from this curse where I do my best work when I'm half-asleep. If only it didn't feel so awful, like the flu.

CCS 502
2004/02/17

TEACHERS OF THE INNER CHAMBERS
Dorothy Ko

Thesis: "The dual principles of constituting women-as-same (gender) and women-as-different (class) worked to contain through empowerment." (pg 293) That is to say, as women in seventeenth century Jiangnan became empowered through literacy and the production of their own literary discourse, they used this power to prosper within their gender-defined spheres, always within the bounds of the existing Confucian hierarchy and respecting the bounds of inner/outer, nei/wai.

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