Front. Philos. China 2017, 12(1): 182–187 DOI 10.3868/s030-006-017-0012-2 BOOK REVIEW ZHOU Yiqun, Festivals, Feasts, and Gender Relations in Ancient China and Greece. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013, 373pp., ISBN: Zhou’s book takes aim at questions that carve an interesting niche in the vast area of comparative studies of Ancient Greece (800–300 BCE) and China (1000–450 BCE). Of the many ways in which the two cultures of this period can be compared, Zhou takes an angle rooted in gender dynamics as they are displayed in and around the family, particularly, but not exclusively, when they take place in social events such as festivals and feasts. These two arenas, charged with politics, religion, and social mores illuminate the interaction of males and females as participants and narrators, and provide a way for Zhou to contribute to scholarship in the field with this impressive work. The book is divided into three parts. Part I, “Among Men”; part II, “Between Men and Women, among Women”; and part III, “Female Experience and Male Imagination.” Each of these parts explores the topics in question as they arose in ancient Greece and China, while also providing ample room for comparisons about the character of both
Frontiers of Philosophy in China – Brill
Published: May 3, 2017
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