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True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Weijing Lu

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book examines the broad cultural, social, and gender meanings of the “faithful maiden” cult in late imperial China (1368–1911). Across the empire, an increasing number of young women or ... More


Young Life, a Long Journey: Living as a Faithful Maiden

in True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter is concerned with the account of the life stories of the faithful maidens who lived on. The life journey of a faithful maiden who lived on was primarily defined by her unconventional ... More


Old Rituals and New Questions: The Faithful Maiden Debate

in True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter discusses the old rituals and new questions on faithful maidens. The debate on faithful maidens opened an unique window onto the tensions and negotiations among the Ming–Qing ... More


The State and the Social Webs of Exaltation: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

in True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter reports a wide range of political and social mechanisms that supported the faithful maiden cult and details the motives of those involved, focusing on state policies honoring faithful ... More


Dissuading the Resolute: The Families of Faithful Maidens

in True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter explores the conflicts and negotiations surrounding a daughter's (or “daughter-in-law's”) request to become a faithful maiden and (if she moved in with her in-laws' family) to adopt an ... More


Dying for an Ideal: The Choice of Suicide

in True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the faithful maiden suicides as a way to assess their emotion, beliefs, and psychology, as well as the cultural and social environment and institutions which nurtured their ... More


Introduction

in True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book explores the emotions, aspirations, and life journeys of faithful maidens, explaining what shaped the gender identity of young women and how they perceived and expressed honor, duty, and ... More


Moral Heroism and Craving for Extremes: The Ming Period (1368–1644)

in True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter concentrates on the key historical moments at which the discourse shifted and the faithful maiden act took shape. The rise of the faithful maiden cult highlights a close link between the ... More


Putting Young Heroines in the Spotlight: The Seventeenth Century

in True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter is concerned with the dynastic crisis of the seventeenth century. It deals with how the fall of the Ming in 1644 and the subsequent Manchu conquest transformed the ways in which the ... More


Conclusion

in True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758086
eISBN:
9780804786782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758086.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

The story of the faithful maiden constitutes a rich case for historical inquiry into young women's lives and subjectivity, and the history and culture that their actions shaped. Some of faithful ... More


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