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Gendered WordsSentiments and Expression in Changing Rural China$
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Fei-wen Liu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210403

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210403.001.0001

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Tang Baozhen: I Sing and Therefore I Am and Become

Tang Baozhen: I Sing and Therefore I Am and Become

(p.44) Chapter 3 Tang Baozhen: I Sing and Therefore I Am and Become
Gendered Words

Fei-wen Liu

Oxford University Press

Tang Baozhen (c.1912–1999), a talented nüge singer, represents the majority of Jiangyong women who did not learn nüshu but still participated in the nüshu world via singing nüge. She found relief from hardships by orally composing a nüshu/nüge biography, and gave and received moral support through nüshu-prompted sisterhood networks. She also provided rare accounts of nüshu’s performative significance at weddings and its religious aspect (prayer). Her accounts of praxis lay the foundation for comparative analysis with regard to gender and class, especially when juxtaposed with male-elite discourses of widowhood presented in historical Jiangyong gazetteers and sisterhood ties among gentry women in late imperial China.

Keywords:   tang Baozhen, biography, sisterhood, sanzhaoshu, prayer, widowhood, gentry women, performance, singing, comparative analysis, gazetteer

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