Summer 2011 - Graduate Course Description
Farmer, J Michael
Discipline and Number
HIST 6350 Section 09M
TR Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
Women in Traditional China

Description of Course:

This course will examine the history of women in China from the earliest times through the tenth century. To facilitate this exploration, two anthologies of primary documents--one largely male-authored and the other female-authored--will serve as the core readings for the class. Additionally, we will read selected secondary scholarship, both articles and monographs, to provide examples of how primary documents might be approached as historical sources, as well as to view the current state of the field in Chinese women's studies. Much of our class time will be dedicated to the discussion of readings. As such, each student should have carefully read the assigned materials and taken copious notes, and come to class prepared to share insights, comments, and questions. At times, individuals or groups may be asked to lead discussions. Other times we will proceed in an open forum format. Be prepared to be flexible. While a tentative reading schedule is provided, we will not be confined by it, rather, we will move at the pace and in the directions that our interests and questions lead us.

Required Texts:


Baochang. Kathryn Ann Tsai, trans. Lives of the Nuns. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994. [ISBN: 978-0824815417]

Du Guangting. Suzanne Cahill, trans. Divine Traces of the Daoist Sisterhood: Records of the Assembled Transcendents of the Fortified Walled City. Three Pines Press, 2006. [ISBN: 978-1931483049]

Raphals, Lisa. Sharing the Light. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. [ISBN: 0791438562].

Swann, Nancy Lee. Pan Chao: Foremost Woman Scholar of China. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, 2001. [ISBN 0892641509].

Tung, Jowen R. Fables for the Patriarchs: Gender Politics in Tang Discourse. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. [ISBN 0847695131].

Wang Ping. Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China. New York: Anchor Press, 2002. [ISBN: 0385721366].

Wang, Robin R. Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2003. [ISBN 0872206513].

Ebrey, Patricia. Cambridge Illustrated History of China. 2nd ed, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. [ISBN: 0521124336.]

Additional readings to be distributed via eLearning (or whatever it's going to be called this semester).

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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