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Introduction

Janet M. Theiss

in Disgraceful Matters: The Politics of Chastity in Eighteenth-Century China

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520240339
eISBN:
9780520930667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520240339.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book engages the most familiar and most thoroughly researched topic within Chinese gender and women's history: the cult of female chastity in the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). The institutionalized ... More


Absolutism versus Pragmatism in Central Court Treatment of Wife Sales

Matthew H. Sommer

in Polyandry and Wife-Selling In Qing Dynasty China: Survival Strategies and Judicial Interventions

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520287037
eISBN:
9780520962194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520287037.003.0011
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 11 explores a tension in central-court deliberations between an absolutist policy toward female chastity, which insisted on prosecuting all wife sales as adultery, and a pragmatic position, ... More


The Problem of Female Moral Agency

Janet M. Theiss

in Disgraceful Matters: The Politics of Chastity in Eighteenth-Century China

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520240339
eISBN:
9780520930667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520240339.003.0013
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter argues that even the most well-educated and well-intentioned women still had to cope with fundamentally contradictory expectations about their chastity and serious doubts about their ... More


Statecraft and Gender Order in the Qianlong Reign

Janet M. Theiss

in Disgraceful Matters: The Politics of Chastity in Eighteenth-Century China

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520240339
eISBN:
9780520930667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520240339.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

The state chastity cult constructed by Yongzheng was only one of many statecraft incarnations of the empire's civilizing ambitions. Its full political and cultural significance comes into focus when ... More


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