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Classical Historiography for Chinese History

Research guide for Chinese Historiography


  • Bernhardt, Kathryn. Women and Property in China, 960-1949. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.
  • Birge, Bettine. Women, Property, and Confucian Reaction in Sung and Yuan China (960-1368). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Chang, Kang-i Sun, & Haun Saussy, eds. Women Writers of Traditional China: An Anthology of Poetry and Criticism. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.
  • Cheng, Weikun. "In Search of Leisure: Women's Festivities in Late Imperial Beijing." The Chinese Historical Review Volume 14 Number 1 Spring 2007: 1-28.
  • Chi-feng, Tseng. Testimony of a Confucian Women. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993. Daughter of Tseng Kuo-fan.
  • Dikkoter, Frank. Sex, Culture, and Modernity in China. Honolulu: Hawaii Press, 1995.
  • Ebrey, Patricia, & James Watson, eds. Kinship Organization in Late Imperial China 1000-1900. Berekley: University of California Press, 1986.
  • Ebrey, Patricia. The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.
  • ---. Women and the Family in Chinese History. NY: Routledge, 2003.
  • Goldin, Paul Rakita. The Culture of Sex in Ancient China. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2002.
  • Gronewold, Sue. Beautiful Merchandise: Prostitution in China 1860-1936. New York: Harrington Park Press, 1982.
  • Halperin, Mark. "Domesticity and the Dharma: Portraits of Buddhist Laywomen in Sung China." T'oung Pao Volume 92 Numbers 1-3 2006: 50-100.
  • Hinsch, Bret. Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.
  • Ho, Clara Wing-cheng. Overt and Covert Treasures: Essays on the Sources for Chinese Women's History. HK: CUHK Press, 2012.
  • ---. Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women: The Qing Period, 1644-1911. HK; HKU, 1998.
  • Hsiung Ping-chen. A Tender Voyage: Children and Childhood in Late Imperial China. Stanford University Press, 2005.
  • Kinney, Anne Behnke, ed. Chinese Views of Childhood. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1996.
  • ---. Representations of Childhood and Youth in Early China. Stanford University Press, 2004.
  • Ko, Dorothy, Teachers of the Inner Chambers: Women and Culture in Seventeenth-Century China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994.
  • ---, Every Step a Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
  • ---, Cinderella's Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

    --- et al., eds., Women and Confucian Cultures in Premodern China, Korea, and Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

  • Lee, Lily Xiao Hong, & A. D. Stefanowska, assisted by Sue Wiles. Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women : The Qing Period, 1644-1911. University of Hong Kong Libraries Publications, No 10. Armonk, New York: M.E.Sharpe, 1998.
  • Linduff, Katheryn M. and Sun, Yan (ed.). Gender and Chinese Archaeology. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press, 2004.
  • Lynn, Richard John. "Women in Huang Zunxian's Riben zashi shi (Poems On Miscellaneous Subjects from Japan)." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Volume 17 Issue 02 April 2007: 157-182.
  • Mann, Susan. Women in China's Long Eighteenth Century. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.
  • Mann, Susan and Cheng, Yu-Yin (ed.). Under Confucian Eyes: Writings on Gender in Chinese History. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001.
  • Mou, Sherry J. (ed.). Presence and Presentation: Women in the Chinese Literati Tradition. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.
  • McDermott, Joseph P. "Women of Property in China, 960-1368: A Survey of the Scholarship." International Journal of Asian Studies Jun 2004 Vol. 1, Iss. 2: 201-23.
  • O'Hara, Albert. The Position of Woman in Early China. Taipei: Mei-ya Publications, 1971.
  • Sommer, Matthew. Sex, Law, and Society in Late Imperial China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.
  • Taisuke, Mitamura. Chinese Eunuchs. Translated by Charles A. Pomeroy. Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle, 1970.
  • Theiss, Janet, Disgraceful Matters: The Politics of Chastity in Eighteenth-Century China. Berkeley: University of California, 2005.
  • Tsai, Kathryn Ann. Lives of the Nuns: Biographies of Chinese Buddhist Nuns from the Fourth to Sixth Centuries. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994.
  • Tsai, Shih-shan Henry. The Eunuchs in the Ming Dynasty. Albany: SUNY Press, 1996.
  • van Gulik, Robert Hans. Sexual Life in Ancient China. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1974.
  • Waltner, Ann. Getting an Heir: Adoption and the Construction of Kinship in Late Imperial China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
  • Weidner, Marsha, ed. Flowering in the Shadows: Women in the History of Chinese and Japanese Painting. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
  • Widmer, Ellen, & Kang-i Sun Chang, eds. Writing Women in Late Imperial China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.
  • Wile, Douglas. Art of the Bedchamber: The Chinese Sexual Yoga Classics Including Women's Solo Meditation Texts. Albany: SUNY Press, 1992.
  • Wu, Yenna, The Lioness Roars: Shrew Stories from Late Imperial China. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005.
  • Xing, Tie et al. "Widows' Lives and Rights over Family Property in the Tang and Song Dynasties." Frontiers of History in China v. 4 no. 1 (March 2009): 39-73.
  • Zhang, Guogang et al. "'Family building in inner quarters': Conjugal Relationship in Tang Families." Frontiers of History in China v. 4 no. 1 (March 2009): 1-38.
  • Zito, Angela, & Tani Barlow, eds. Body, Subject and Power in China. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
  • Zurndorfer, Harriet, ed. Chinese Women in the Imperial Past: New Perspectives. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1999.

Electronic Resources

Research on Women in Modern Chinese History 近代中國婦女史研究. For a free trial to this journal email the following address:  The Institute of Modern History of Academia Sinica  中研院近史所  stablished the Journal “Research on Women in Modern Chinese History.]”18 years ago to  urge "historians to abandon traditional ideology and stereotype impression, correcting man-centered thinking, so to analyze deeply the women’s issues historically. These issues include pursuit of women’s rights, women and family, women and gender, women and labor, women and education, women and wars, women and nation, etc…"

*胡適曾說:近代中國婦女地位的變遷,宛如經過「一場不流血的絕大社會革命」,而這場和平革命仍在持續進行 中,其研究方法、理論、議題 也一直推陳出新:從婦女被壓抑史,到婦女解放、獨立意識、婦運、文化及兩性關係史,從單一學科到跨領域整合等。本刊旨在使歷史學者拋 開傳統意識形態、刻板印象,修正以男性為中心的思維,深入分析歷史上婦女的各項問題:婦權追求、婦女與家庭、婦女與性、婦女與勞動、 婦女與教育、婦女與戰爭、婦女與國家等,期由這些新視角,重新反省中國婦女活動的歷史真相,進一步為婦女真解放,探詢可行的路徑。