Woman Outlook in Novels of Talented Scholars and Beautiful Ladies and the Refined Culture of Men of Letters
WANG Ju-yan (School of Humanities, Changshu Institute of Technology, Changshu 215500, China)
The progressive woman outlook in the novels about talented scholars and beautiful ladies in the late Ming Dynasty and the beginning of the Qing Dynasty is expressed mainly as follows: paying high tribute to women’s talent and wisdom, advocating freedom of marriage on the part of women, affirming women’s rebellious spirit in fighting against their own destiny, and eulogizing women’s traditional virtues. This results mainly from the refined culture of the men of letters at the time. This kind of refined culture has the following characteristics: attaching importance to talent and learning, advocating self-identification through learning and search for scholarly honor and official rank, valuing self-identity and degrading secular conventions, as well as identifying themselves with the feudalist system and royal power.
【CateGory Index】： I207.41