2016/2017 School of Chinese Research Students Seminar
Women and Literature in early Qing fiction Lin Lan Xiang
魏其濛 Wei Qimeng
Date and Time: March 31, 2017 (Friday), 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
The early Qing fiction Lin Lan Xiang tells a story about the destinies of several women who live in a noble family. Even though the author appreciates their outstanding literary talent, the fiction implies that women’s literary talent is defined as a good thing only under certain circumstances. If a woman behaves inappropriately, her talent might bring harm to her. Firstly, if strangers saw a woman’s poems or paintings, there will be possibilities that she be molested. Secondly, when her talent overrides her morality, she wouldn’t be considered as a competent wife and mother any more, and could be estranged by her husband. Last but not least, Yan Mengqing’s death at an early age reflects the obsession of “talented women die young” in the history, and this obsession derived from the negative attitude towards women’s talent in traditional society.
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