Sharing the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China

Sharing the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China

Paperback Suny Series, Chinese Philosophy & Culture

By (author) Lisa Raphals

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  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 151mm x 227mm x 21mm | 495g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Albany, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0791438562
  • ISBN 13: 9780791438565
  • Sales rank: 1,728,986

Product description

Sharing the Light explores historical and philosophical shifts in the depiction of women and virtue in the early centuries of the Chinese state. These changes had far-reaching effects on both the treatment of women in Chinese society and on the formation of Chinese philosophical discourse on ethics, cosmology, epistemology, and self-cultivation.

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Author information

Lisa Raphals is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Chair, Asian Studies Program, Bard College. She is the author of Knowing Words: Wisdom and Cunning in the Classical Traditions of China and Greece.

Review quote

This book challenges several widely held paradigms concerning women in traditional China that are in dire need of the kind of nuanced and sustained reassessment present throughout the work. It is a fine piece of scholarship. Sarah A. Queen, Connecticut College"