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3 - Representing the Feminine 'Other': The Images of 'Foreign' Women in Wang Tao's (1828-1890) Writings

Friday, March 23
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Tyler, Mezzanine Level

Wang Tao was an important cultural figure active in the late Qing era when China was going through profound historical changes. He was one of the very few Chinese well-traveled abroad, and is particularly remembered for the role he played in cultural exchange between China and the West.  Scholars of late Qing history have paid increasing attention to his intellectual thought and activities, but there has been almost no study of his writings about women. This despite the fact that images of women are central to the literary work of this supremely representative writer in the last decades of the nineteenth century. In this paper, I intend to examine Wang’s representations of women, in particular Western women, in order to explore how a metropolitan man like Wang Tao viewed the issues of women and gender cross-culturally. I will base my investigation mainly on his Songyin manlu淞隱漫錄, a collection of mostly stories and tales about women, to compare his representations of three types of women: Western, Japanese, and Chinese.  Curiously, while he was open to non-Chinese learning and ideas and attempted to incorporate them into his thinking, his global experiences and observations of Western women seemed not to have affected his perception of Chinese women and gender relations in his own nation.

Xiaorong Li

University of California, Santa Barbara, California

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