Reviews 161 fascinating accounts with a critical and resistant reading that illuminates the contradictions and inconsistencies underlying them. Hsiao-wen Cheng Hsiao-wen Cheng is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in gender, medicine, and religion in Chinese history. Wilt L. Idema, translator. Two Centuries of Manchu Women Poets: An Anthology. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2017. xii, 316 pp. Hardcover $50.00, ISBN 978-0-295-99986-9. Despite burgeoning scholarly interest in Manchu studies in recent years, the women of the Eight Banners remain a subject that has seen only limited advancement in research. Although they have been subject to several studies on family life and social customs within Eight Banner communities, these works tend to reﬂect the points of view of the Qing state and the men that presided over it, while the women’s own voices remain relatively muted. By translating the literary output of Manchu women throughout the Qing dynasty and presenting in-depth investigations of their lives, Wilt L. Idema’s Two Centuries of Manchu Women Poets hence grants us a unique insight into their inner thoughts and sentiments. Even though he professes to not be a specialist in Qing history or Manchu studies, Idema is able to
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 11, 2018
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