Discover Free Books That You'll Love!
Receive unbeatable book deals in your favorite fiction or non-fiction genres. Our daily emails are packed with new and bestselling authors you will love!

 

Amazon Kindle  Kobo  Nook  Google  Audible  Apple iBooks
Book cover of The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period

The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period

by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Publisher: University of California Press
Pages: 312
Paperback
ISBN: 9780520081581






Available to Buy

Overview of The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period

The Sung Dynasty (960-1279) was a paradoxical era for Chinese women. This was a time when footbinding spread, and Confucian scholars began to insist that it was better for a widow to starve than to remarry. Yet there were also improvements in women's status in marriage and property rights.
In this thoroughly original work, one of the most respected scholars of premodern China brings to life what it was like to be a woman in Sung times, from having a marriage arranged, serving parents-in-law, rearing children, and coping with concubines, to deciding what to do if widowed.
Focusing on marriage, Patricia Buckley Ebrey views family life from the perspective of women. She argues that the ideas, attitudes, and practices that constituted marriage shaped women's lives, providing the context in which they could interpret the opportunities open to them, negotiate their relationships with others, and accommodate or resist those around them.
Ebrey questions whether women's situations actually deteriorated in the Sung, linking their experiences to widespread social, political, economic, and cultural changes of this period. She draws from advice books, biographies, government documents, and medical treatises to show that although the family continued to be patrilineal and patriarchal, women found ways to exert their power and authority. No other book explores the history of women in pre-twentieth-century China with such energy and depth.

Synopsis of The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period

"Opening up questions about women's lives, about gender, about why we read history at all and how we write it, Patricia Buckley Ebrey has made The Inner Quarters a place we need to enter."—from the Foreword

About the Author, Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Patricia Buckley Ebrey is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and the author of Confucianism and Family Rituals in Imperial China (1991).

Reviews of The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period

There are no reviews yet. Perhaps you can add one!

Available to Buy

Follow Us