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Changing Chinese MasculinitiesFrom Imperial Pillars of State to Global Real Men$
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Louie Kam

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208562

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208562.001.0001

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The Manhood of a Pinshi (Poor Scholar)

The Manhood of a Pinshi (Poor Scholar)

The Gendered Spaces in the Six Records of a Floating Life

(p.34) 2 The Manhood of a Pinshi (Poor Scholar)
Changing Chinese Masculinities

Martin W. Huang

Hong Kong University Press

Shen Fu’s (b. 1763) Six Records of a Floating Life has long been celebrated for its detailed depictions of the conjugal attachment between his wife and himself with the kind of candidness rarely seen before. This chapter seeks to read this autobiography as its author’s desperate attempts to come to terms with his own gender identity as a Confucian literatus who had suffered numerous frustrations in life, shedding light on the identity crisis many educated males were experiencing in a time when career opportunities for educated males were rapidly dwindling and changing.

Keywords:   Shen Fu, manhood, Fusheng liuji, autobiography, emasculation

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