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The Rhetoric Of Transgression: Reconstructing Female Authority Through Wu Zetian's Legacy, Rachael Rothstein-Safra Jan 2017

The Rhetoric Of Transgression: Reconstructing Female Authority Through Wu Zetian's Legacy, Rachael Rothstein-Safra

Honors Undergraduate Theses

This study examines representations of Wu Zetian in the biographical tradition of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries, as well as within the subsequent vernacular literature of the Ming and Qing periods. I analyze the traditional use and construction of female stereotypes (and female-oriented flaws and vices) in the rhetoric of official histories and fictional narratives and their application to representations of Wu Zetian. I argue that authors, anxious of discord engendered and caused by women occupying positions of political authority, sought to delegitimize Wu Zetian’s reign and subsequently cultivated a “rhetoric of female transgression.” I further argue that ...


邱濬與明代儒家廢存之議 (Qiu Jun And Iconoclasm In The Ming Dynasty), Deborah Sommer Apr 2014

邱濬與明代儒家廢存之議 (Qiu Jun And Iconoclasm In The Ming Dynasty), Deborah Sommer

Deborah A. Sommer

This article examines key figures in iconoclastic controversies that developed in the early Ming (1368-1644) era in China. The scholar-official Qiu Jun (1421-1495), the compiler of the massive guide to statecraft and governance titled Supplement to the Extended Meaning of the Great Learning (Daxue yanyi bu 大學衍義補), believed that anthropomorphic images of Confucius in official temples should be destroyed and replaced with spirit tablets inscribed with the name of the deceased. This essay explores the philosophical and religious arguments of Qiu Jun and other early Ming thinkers regarding the use of images in ritual contexts.


Destroying Confucius: Iconoclasm In The Confucian Temple, Deborah Sommer Apr 2014

Destroying Confucius: Iconoclasm In The Confucian Temple, Deborah Sommer

Deborah A. Sommer

No abstract provided.


Ming Taizu's Legacy As Iconoclast, Deborah Sommer Apr 2014

Ming Taizu's Legacy As Iconoclast, Deborah Sommer

Deborah A. Sommer

No abstract provided.


Decentering Imperial Women: Confucian Fertility Sacrifices In The Ming Dynasty, Deborah Sommer Dec 2004

Decentering Imperial Women: Confucian Fertility Sacrifices In The Ming Dynasty, Deborah Sommer

Deborah A. Sommer

No abstract provided.


Broadening The Horizons Of Chinese History, Thomas D. Curran Ph.D. Jan 2000

Broadening The Horizons Of Chinese History, Thomas D. Curran Ph.D.

History Faculty Publications

Book review by Thomas D. Curran.

Huang, Ray. Broadening the Horizons of Chinese History. Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 1999.


Images Into Words: Ming Confucian Iconoclasm, Deborah A. Sommer (司馬黛蘭) Dec 1993

Images Into Words: Ming Confucian Iconoclasm, Deborah A. Sommer (司馬黛蘭)

Deborah A. Sommer

No abstract provided.