Joan Judge's Republican Lens is an in‐depth exploration of a unique women's journal, Funü shibao (Women's Eastern Times). Published in Shanghai between 1911 and 1917, the periodical spanned an era that saw the fall of the Manchu empire, the emergence of a new republic, and a rapid descent into dictatorship. In a brief period China experienced seismic shifts in its politics and social mores. Contemporaries debated female suffrage, translated western texts, and began to question the patriarchal hierarchy of Confucianism. Nowhere was this upheaval more apparent than in urban centres like Shanghai, which not only stood at the crossroads between East and West, but also straddled the boundary between old and new.Thanks in part to Judge's earlier work, we know a great deal about the potency of the early Republic's vibrant press, so what warrants a study of this periodical? Though the high circulation and wide distribution of the journal make it worthy of attention, what sets it apart for Judge was its explicit editorial agenda: to capture the everyday experience of Chinese women in their own words. Yet the publication defies easy categorisation. Though it catered to the small stratum of literate women it did not adopt a
Gender & History – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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