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Article: Family 'Drama' and Self-Empowerment Strategies in the Genealogy Writings of Yuan Jingrong 袁镜蓉 (1786–ca.1852)

TitleFamily 'Drama' and Self-Empowerment Strategies in the Genealogy Writings of Yuan Jingrong 袁镜蓉 (1786–ca.1852)
Authors
KeywordsGenealogy writing
Yuan Jingrong
Ritual and moral authority
Self-empowering strategies
Family 'drama'
Issue Date2013
PublisherHigher Education Press Limited Company
Citation
Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2013, v. 7 n. 1, p. 37-64 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article focuses on a genre of late imperial women’s writing that has rarely been explored, namely, genealogy writing. By “genealogy writing,” I refer not only to family histories composed of lists of descendants and ancestors’ biographies, but also, more broadly, to writings specifying the terms for ancestral rites. This genre of writing conferred ritual and moral authority, especially during a time when ancestral worship became the defining attribute of a lineage and was held in supreme importance by local families and lineages. Women, however, almost never enjoyed such authority. My selection of the case of Yuan Jingrong (1786–ca.1852, wife to the Vice Minister of Rites, Wu Jie) is based precisely on this concern of genre. By appropriating the authority conferred by genealogy writing, Yuan Jingrong gained the upper hand in her family’s dramatic shifts of fortune and power, and pushed women’s self-empowering strategies to extraordinary proportions.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/182144
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dc.contributor.authorYang, Ben_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-17T07:24:51Z-
dc.date.available2013-04-17T07:24:51Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationFrontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2013, v. 7 n. 1, p. 37-64en_US
dc.identifier.issn1673-7318-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/182144-
dc.description.abstractThis article focuses on a genre of late imperial women’s writing that has rarely been explored, namely, genealogy writing. By “genealogy writing,” I refer not only to family histories composed of lists of descendants and ancestors’ biographies, but also, more broadly, to writings specifying the terms for ancestral rites. This genre of writing conferred ritual and moral authority, especially during a time when ancestral worship became the defining attribute of a lineage and was held in supreme importance by local families and lineages. Women, however, almost never enjoyed such authority. My selection of the case of Yuan Jingrong (1786–ca.1852, wife to the Vice Minister of Rites, Wu Jie) is based precisely on this concern of genre. By appropriating the authority conferred by genealogy writing, Yuan Jingrong gained the upper hand in her family’s dramatic shifts of fortune and power, and pushed women’s self-empowering strategies to extraordinary proportions.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHigher Education Press Limited Company-
dc.relation.ispartofFrontiers of Literary Studies in Chinaen_US
dc.subjectGenealogy writing-
dc.subjectYuan Jingrong-
dc.subjectRitual and moral authority-
dc.subjectSelf-empowering strategies-
dc.subjectFamily 'drama'-
dc.titleFamily 'Drama' and Self-Empowerment Strategies in the Genealogy Writings of Yuan Jingrong 袁镜蓉 (1786–ca.1852)en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailYang, B: bbyang@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityYang, B=rp01424en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.3868/s010-002-013-0003-2-
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dc.identifier.volume7en_US
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage37en_US
dc.identifier.epage64en_US
dc.publisher.placeChina-

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