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The Courtesan's Other: Visibility, Sexuality, and the Republican Lady in Early Twentieth-Century China

JOAN JUDGE (York University) discusses 'Republican ladies,' a new demographic of woman in early twentieth century China, at the Pacific Basin Institute, Pomona College

Thursday, November 04, 2010
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Hahn 108
333 North College Way, Claremont, CA 91711
Cost: Free
Phone: (909) 607-5742

"Republican ladies," is a new demographic of women in early twentieth-century China, were women who were more visible than their talented late imperial forebears and more respectable than their infamously public courtesan contemporaries. The source base includes photographs and texts that appeared in China's first commercial women's journal, Funü Shibao (The women's eastern times, Shanghai 1911-1917), a journal committed to calling the new Republican woman into being. The presentation probes the links between this self-conscious reconstitution of Chinese womanhood and the constitution of early Republican culture and politics.

Joan Judge is Associate Professor of Humanities and Women's Studies at York University (Toronto). Among her publications are The Precious Raft of History: China’s Woman Question and the Politics of Time at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Stanford University Press, 2008), and Print and Politics: ‘Shibao’ and the Culture of Reform in Late Qing Press (Stanford University Press, 1996).

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