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Pan Chao: Foremost Woman Scholar of China…

Pan Chao: Foremost Woman Scholar of China (Michigan Classics in Chinese…

by Dennis Swann

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Interesting as the pioneering book-length English study (in 1932) of Pan Chao, sister of Pan Ku (Ban Gu) who wrote the Han annals, to which Chao added more material. On her own, she wrote the Lessons for Women which much later was recognized as one of the "Four Classics for Women" parallel to the Fur Confucian Classics for men. Her book influenced Confucian roles for women in Yi Korea and Tokugawa Japan as well as in China. This book includes a translation of her Lessons in addition to the study of her life. I originally found extracts from her book in an ESL textbook I was using. ( )
  antiquary | Aug 14, 2013 |
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First published in 1932, this book is perhaps the earliest work by an American scholar on a Chinese woman intellectual. Nancy Lee Swann presents a sketch of the Eastern Han period when Pan lived and wrote, of her family background, and of the literary milieu of which she was a part. In addition, Swann provides translations of writings definitively identified with Pan that survive from the years when she was active (ca. 89--105 a.d.).
While Pan is well known for her contribution to the great Han-shu, of special interest is her treatise on the moral training of women, in which she makes a plea for girls to be given the same education as boys and points to principles that led young women to success in ancient China. Swann also includes memorials, short poems, and an essay, all of which demonstrate Pan's rhetorical skills and her concerns at the Han court.
A considerable work of scholarship, Pan Chao is grounded in Swann's detailed knowledge of the history and literature of the late Han and it includes the Chinese for shorter works and a comprehensive list of primary sources on this important early scholar.

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