Please wait a minute...

Frontiers of Literary Studies in China

Front Liter Stud Chin    2011, Vol. 5 Issue (4) : 537-565     DOI: 10.1007/s11702-011-0141-y
research-article |
Zhan Kai and Five “Novels of Women’s Liberation” of the Late Qing
Ellen WIDMER()
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203, USA
Download: PDF(400 KB)   HTML
Export: BibTeX | EndNote | Reference Manager | ProCite | RefWorks

Zhan Kai’s 詹垲 (c. 1860–c. 1910) two novels about women’s liberation of 1907 (Zhongguo xin nühao 中国新女豪 and Nüzi quan 女子权) are compared with each other and with three slightly earlier novels that could have been influences: Nü yuhua 女狱花 of 1904, Nüwa shi 女娲石 of 1904, and Huang Xiuqiu 黄绣球 of 1905–7. An effort is made to show what he might have borrowed and what were the most original points in Zhan’s writing. One further issue is the reason he might have written two such similar novels. Finally his guidelines for readerly behavior are explored.

Keywords Zhan Kai      late Qing      novel      Zhongguo xin nühao      Nüzi quan      Nü yuhua      Nüwa shi      Huang Xiuqiu     
Corresponding Authors: Ellen WIDMER,   
Issue Date: 05 December 2011
 Cite this article:   
Ellen WIDMER. Zhan Kai and Five “Novels of Women’s Liberation” of the Late Qing[J]. Front Liter Stud Chin, 2011, 5(4): 537-565.
E-mail this article
E-mail Alert
Articles by authors
Related articles from Frontiers Journals
[1] Jean Tsui. Political Modernity and Its Musical Dissociation: A Study of Guomin and Geming in Liang Qichao’s Historical Biographies[J]. Front. Lit. Stud. China, 2014, 8(2): 302-330.
[2] Krista Van Fleit Hang. Sisterhood at the Nexus of Love and Revolution: Coming-of-Age Narratives on Both Sides of the Cold War[J]. Front Liter Stud Chin, 2012, 6(1): 56-77.
[3] TAN Guilin. Buddhist Literature and Progressive Thinking in Late Qing and Early Republican China[J]. Front Liter Stud Chin, 2011, 5(2): 159-178.
[4] GENG Chuanming. Old State and New Mission: A Survey of Utopian Literature during the Late Qing Dynasty and the Early Period of the Republic of China[J]. Front Liter Stud Chin, 2010, 4(3): 402-424.
[5] SHI Changyu. Wang Yangming’s neo-Confucian school of mind and the growth of ancient Chinese popular novel[J]. Front Liter Stud Chin, 2009, 3(2): 195-217.
[6] SUN Xun, LIU Fang. The theoretical resources of Zhu Ziqing’s system of hermeneutics of modern poetry —four aspects on reconstructing hermeneutics of modern Chinese poetry[J]. Front Liter Stud Chin, 2009, 3(2): 173-194.
[7] DING Fan. The dreams and reality of “urban strangers” --about the transition of local description in the civilization conflicts[J]. Front Liter Stud Chin, 2008, 2(4): 647-664.
[8] SUN Xun, ZHOU Junwen. Ancient Chinese novels and folk religions —an analysis of the White Lotus and the Eight Trigrams Order[J]. Front. Lit. Stud. China, 2007, 1(3): 378-409.
[9] CHEN Dakang. The price of novels in the late Qing Dynasty[J]. Front. Lit. Stud. China, 2007, 1(1): 125-134.
Full text