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《Journal of Chinese Women's Studies》 2017-04
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From Confinement to Breakaway:The Narrative and Practice of Women's Liberation in Late Qing and Early Republic

QIN Fang;College of History,Capital Normal University;  
"Liberation"is probably one of the most significant words for Chinese women and feminists. But it is significant only because it is placed as the opposite to"confinement"or"oppression. "Therefore,without discussing Chinese women's sense of confinement and their activism in breaking away from confinement and achieving freedom,we cannot truly understand the significance of liberation. By focusing on Chinese women between the late nineteenth century and the May Fourth period,this paper analyzes the ways in which various groups of people including missionaries,the nationalists,the feminists,and students narrated in different genres the sense of confinement,so as to explore Chinese women's experiences regarding marriage,family,schooling,and society. By doing so,the paper examines the formation of the liberation-confinement discourse and the early attempts of Chinese women in putting this discourse into practice. Liberation can only achieve its significance by the existence of confinement.
【Key Words】: liberation confinement May Fourth Movement modern Chinese women
【Fund】: 首都师范大学青年哲学社会科学科研创新团队项目;; 首都文化中心建设协同创新中心资助项目的阶段性成果
【CateGory Index】: C913.68
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