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Title: Ambivalence in poetry : Zhu Shuzhen of the Song Dynasty
Author: Chan, K. Y.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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Among the relatively small number of famous women poets in China, Zhu Shuzhen (1135?-1180?) is certainly worthy of discussion, but she has not received much critical attention, in part because of the lack of reliable biographical information. Although some of Zhu Shuzhen’s poems have been seen by some scholars as disgraceful, it is nevertheless valuable to explore the inner world and poetic indications of the poet from an objective point of view. However, as she was such a productive poet, despite living under an atmosphere that discouraged the writing of poetry by women, it is evident that she is an important figure in the development of female poetry. Western theories of gender representation and the development of self in literature have been used as the main sources and frameworks for research in this thesis. The aesthetic values in Zhu Shuzhen’s original verse have been retained through my translations by selecting the best appropriate original versions in different editions. Comparison between Zhu Shuzhen and Yu Xuanji (844?-868?), a women poet in the Tang Dynasty, reveal similarities and differences which distinguish the two in terms of their resistance to the code that cast women as inferior. This thesis will analyse Zhu Shuzhen’s ambivalent mind as revealed in her poetry through her contradictory statements, ideas and images regarding the notion of being a good wife on the one hand, and, on the other hand, of a woman suspected of conducting an extramarital affair.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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