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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2009

HIS 350L • Women and Gender in China -W

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Course Description

This course examines women and gender in China from imperial times to the present. Major themes include the changing conceptions of masculinity and femininity in Chinese cultural and religious contexts; gender roles and inequalities in the patriarchal family and society; the varying discourse on women and gender in the modern period; women's dilemma in the Chinese Revolution; new challenges to women and new conceptions of gender and sexuality during the reform era since the 1980s. There is no prerequisites for attending this course, but some background in Chinese history is recommended.

Grading Policy

Class participation: 20% Mid-term and final examination: 30% Research paper: 50%


Patricia Ebrey, The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period. Zheng Wang. Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories. Tao Jie, Holding Up Half the Sky: Chinese Women Past, Present, and Future. Kam Louie. Theorising Chinese Masculinity: Society and Gender in China. Honig, Emily and Gail Hershatter. Personal Voices: Chinese Women in the 1980's. Xueping Zhong, Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing up in the Mao Era.


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