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Emotion and Female Authority: A Comparison of Chinese and English Fiction in the Eighteenth Century

  • Wen Jin

This essay considers how early modern Chinese romance novels conceive of female agency and how this conception was received by prominent cultural elites in eighteenth-century England. In his notes to Hau Kiou Choaan, the first English translation of a full-length Chinese novel, Thomas Percy referred to the novel’s heroine as a “masculine woman”, displaying a peculiar misreading of its trope of female cross-dressing. The essay argues that the increasing association of women with the private sphere in eighteenth-century English culture is a crucial context to consider when we study the initial spread of Chinese fiction in England.

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  • England; China; Eighteenth Century; Fiction,
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Wen Jin

East China Normal University, China - ORCID: 0000-0001-5569-1791

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Chapter Title

Emotion and Female Authority: A Comparison of Chinese and English Fiction in the Eighteenth Century

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Wen Jin

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English

DOI

10.36253/979-12-215-0242-8.06

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2023

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East and West Entangled (17th-21st Centuries)

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Rolando Minuti, Giovanni Tarantino

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228

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2023

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Firenze University Press

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Connessioni. Studies in Transcultural History

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