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Portrayals of Women in Taiping Guangji: A Study of Female Roles and Archetypes in Medieval Chinese Narrative Literature

Semester: Spring 2024


Presentation description

Taiping Guangji is a massive collection of over 7,000 strange tales that contain valuable information about women's roles and daily life in medieval Chinese society. Women are portrayed in various spiritual, domestic, and unusual roles. In this presentation, I would like to focus on medieval female ritualists, which have rarely been studied. I will discuss different types of ritualists, their connection to Daoism, and how their roles have evolved from pre-imperial times through the medieval era.

Presenter Name: Ryan Christenson

Presentation Type: Oral
Presentation Format: In Person
College: Humanities
School / Department: World Languages & Cultures
Research Mentor: Margaret Wan
Date | Time: Tuesday, Apr 9th | 1:00 PM
Physical Location or Zoom link:

Union Parlor A