Representing an exceptional collaboration between foreign students from Asia, Europe, and the U.S., this quantity rewrites the background of East Asia by means of rethinking the contentious courting among Confucianism and girls. The authors talk about the absence of ladies within the Confucian canonical culture and view the presence of ladies in politics, family members, schooling, and artwork in premodern China, Korea, and Japan.

What emerges is an idea of Confucianism that's dynamic rather than monolithic in shaping the cultures of East Asian societies. As lecturers, moms, writers, and rulers, girls have been lively brokers during this procedure. Neither rebels nor sufferers, those girls embraced facets of respectable norms whereas resisting others. The essays current a robust photo of what it intended to be woman and to reside a woman’s existence in quite a few social settings and ancient situations. difficult the normal concept of Confucianism as an oppressive culture that victimized ladies, this provocative booklet unearths it as a contemporary build that doesn't mirror the social and cultural histories of East Asia sooner than the 19th century.

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