Fables for the Patriarchs: Gender Politics in Tang Discourse

  • Title: Fables for the Patriarchs: Gender Politics in Tang Discourse
  • Author: Jowen R. Tung
  • ISBN: 9780847695126
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fables for the Patriarchs Gender Politics in Tang Discourse Exploring issues of gender in Tang dynasty literature and culture Jowen R Tung draws on a comprehensive range of historical literary and social texts to unravel the complex mechanisms of one of the
    Exploring issues of gender in Tang dynasty literature and culture, Jowen R.Tung draws on a comprehensive range of historical, literary, and social texts to unravel the complex mechanisms of one of the world s oldest patriarchal systems The author reveals the profound damage inflicted by the masculine state ideology on its subjects by illuminating the problematics of maleExploring issues of gender in Tang dynasty literature and culture, Jowen R.Tung draws on a comprehensive range of historical, literary, and social texts to unravel the complex mechanisms of one of the world s oldest patriarchal systems The author reveals the profound damage inflicted by the masculine state ideology on its subjects by illuminating the problematics of male sexuality under the hovering phallus of the emperor, the construct of male and female psyches within the pseudo monogamous household, the logic of the collective unconscious in the literati s writings, and a female tradition desperately trapped inside the law of the father Tung poses urgent questions about a civilization that builds itself upon the sacrifice of human lives and arrives at a rather dark interpretation of the Tang_for many the epitome of the Chinese empire As such, the book moves beyond the confines of gender studies to propose a heightened agenda for feminist studies, which the author argues now stand at a critical conjecture.

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    1. Because this book has almost no reviews in support, I’m going to quote one from historian Beata Grant: “A completely engrossing, truly extraordinary work. There exists nothing in English on gender in Tang dynasty literature and culture that even remotely resembles this book, whether in terms of comprehensiveness, originality, or analytic depth. No one before has so confidently and persuasively applied feminist critical theory to the topic.” I go along with that. Not that I am in the slight [...]

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    2. I came across this book at SOAS and was very excited to see a Tang dynasty book about women that I hadn't read yet. I did my MA dissertation on Taoism and women in the Tang so am always on the look out for more writing in this area. I bought myself a cheap copy on amazon and was looking forward to reading it. I read the introduction and realised that I think I HAD found this while I was studying at SOAS but the reason that I hadn't read it was because it wasn't very good.I must admit that I gave [...]

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