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Gendered Words: Sentiments and Expression in Changing Rural China

Fei-wen Liu


This book explores the world’s only gender-defined and now disappearing “women’s script,” known as nüshu, script circulated exclusively in Jiangyong County of Hunan Province in south China. Based on twenty years of fieldwork conducted since 1992, this book uses nüshu in conjunction with its affiliated singing tradition nüge (women’s song), complemented by a life narrative approach, to unfold peasant women’s lifeworlds that constitute a summation of shifting realities that engage women’s voice (sentiments and perspectives), expression/performance, and practice. Anchored in the life histories of ... More

Keywords: gender, nüshu, women’s script, nüge, women’s singing, sentiments, expressive depths, life narrative, cultural heritage, agency, china, social change, changing social milieu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190210403
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210403.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fei-wen Liu, author