The Death of Woman Wang- the determining factors of rural women’s destiny in the 17th century,
What does the story of woman wang reflect? The portray of wang as a victim. The powerless of women, she is doomed if she betrays social norms. No protection. Victim of poverty caused by natural disasters.
The story of woman Wang was set in T'an-ch'eng- a rural place in China. Using three major sources (The Local History of T'an-ch'eng, the memoirs from a scholar official, and third, the works of an essayist known as P'u Sung-ling, The first is the Local History of T'a-nch'eng, compiled in 1973, it told of the country's history, location and topography. The second is personal memoir's of a scholar named Huang Lia-hung. It told of his life as an official in the mid 1600's. The third was the work of a short story writer named P'u Sung-ling, who told of the hostility and misery of the country.) the social background of the city was reconstructed. Bring ….alive through the tales. Wang run away from her husband, then returned to him after being abandoned by her lover. She was killed by her husband eventually.
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“questions of "being a poor women in the turbulent Ming-Qing period," and more an exercise is "being a poor person in a poor area in the turbulent Ming-Qing period."” information on common/peasant life is very harder to gather. The main focus?
** “I thought of this book in comparison to Teachers of the Inner Chambers, not because of presentation (this book would be accessible and interesting to the lay person, while I doubt that very much out of Ko's work), but because the two are basically diametrically opposed in a number of ways: Ko deals with Jiangnan in the south, Spence deals with Shandong in the north; Ko deals with the educated elite, mostly of the female variety, Spence deals with the uneducated peasantry for the most part, of both male and female persuasions; they are both dealing with the Ming-Qing period. We're talking...