Bibliography of Texts and Articles Read For NEH
Miss Sophie’s Diary and Other Stories, By Ding Ling, translated by W. J.F. Jenner, Panda Books, 1985.
Revealing and unusual in its unbashful strain of eroticism. The first story tends to be a little annoying in its narcissistic meandering. But the other stories are more interesting.. One must remember that it was written in the late 1920’s, about forty years before the Cultural Revolution.
Wild Swans, Three Daughters, by Jun Chan, First Anchor Boos, 1992
Three generations of women in 20th century China. Fascinating both at the personal level and at the social sweep of Mao’s rule.
The Red Brush, Writing Women in Imperial China, by Wilt Idema and Beata Grant, Harvard University Press, 200. Great reference book!
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See, 2006
One of my favorite novels about China, and one that I use to introduce China in my classes at all levels, both graduate and undergraduate.
The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck, 1931
Accessible in content,, Pearl Buck reveals a Chinese rural society that is both grandiose and devastating.
The Rice-Sprout Song, by Eileen Chang, 1955
It is the story of a peasant family living in a rural setting during the first years of the cultural revolution. It tends to be a dark tale,but the dialogues are crisps and reveals he absurdity of the government in its quest to humiliate the individual.
The Concubine’s Children, by Denise Chung, 1994
A human drama about a Chinese family that has emigrated to Canada, yet attempts to live in both cultures.
The Analects of Confucius, translated by Chichung Huang, 1997
Interesting reference text..
“The Concept of Wu-Hsing and Yin-Yang, by Vitaly A. Rubin
“”Crossed Legs in 1930 Shanghai: ‘How Modern’ The Modern Woman, by Francesca Dal Lago
“Voicing the Feminine: Construction of the kindred subject in Lyric poetry by women of Medieval and late Imperial China ”, by Maureen Robertson
On my To Read list:
Geography of Thought: How Asians & Westerners Think, by Richard : Nesbit, 2004
Women Writers of Traditional China: An Anthology of Poetry and Criticism, Kang-i Sun Chang (Editor), Haun Saussy (Editor)
Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period through the Song Dynasty, by Robin Wang , 2003