Translated Titles

The Writing of Women Biographies and the use of Shijing in Qian Qianyi's Chuxue ji




楊晉龍(YANG, Chin-lung)

Key Words

錢謙益 ; 詩經學 ; 碑傳文 ; 女權觀 ; Qian Qianyi ; Shijing studies ; Biographies for burial inscriptions ; Women's rights



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

35卷(2018 / 08 / 01)

Page #

105 - 154

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This article focuses on 34 essays and 37 biographies on women figures composed for inscription on burial tablets in Qian Qianyi's Chuxue ji by way of investigating Qian's writing techniques and the significance of his use of Shijing and his interpretation of the content of this classic in his writings. The article finds that while Qian fails to acknowledge the independence of women as something to be valued in and of itself, he holds them in high esteem and harbors great sympathy for their situation, expressing a morality-oriented view of women's rights that affirms their role in managing the household, educating the young and upholding the rites. The article also elaborates on the three different uses of Shijing in his writing, and finally analyzes Qian's annotations of Shijing as a way of propagating the teaching of the classic, showing thereby that Maoshi zhengyi was on the rise while Zhu Xi's Shi jizhuan was on the decline during this period. The findings of the article will be useful for the understanding of the narrative techniques of Qian's women biographies, his practice of using Shijing in his writings and the development of Shijing studies in late Ming. It might also be of help to related fields of study of Qian, women biography and Shijing.

Topic Category 人文學 > 哲學
人文學 > 宗教學
人文學 > 歷史學
人文學 > 中國文學