Crossing Boundaries and Confounding Identity

Chinese Women in Literature, Art, and Film

Edited by Cheryl C. D. Hughes

Subjects: Asian Studies, Asian Literature, Film Studies, Art
Series: SUNY series in Asian Studies Development
Hardcover : 9781438492155, 280 pages, February 2023
Expected to ship: 2023-02-01

Examines literary, historical, and cultural portrayals of Chinese women, across centuries and continents.


Crossing Borders and Confounding Identity advances our understanding of the diversity of Chinese women's experiences and achievements, from the Han Dynasty to the present. With a particular emphasis on literature and the arts, the chapters offer insights into the work of current Chinese women artists as well as literary, historical, and cultural portrayals of women and women's issues. Taken together, they provide new perspectives on Chinese women, their lived experiences and fictional representations, across a broad spectrum of literature, theater, film, and the visual arts. Accessible to nonspecialists and general readers, this book will also be a valuable resource for faculty who teach Asian studies courses in history and in the humanities, as well as for students in interdisciplinary Asian studies courses.

Cheryl C. D. Hughes is Professor Emerita at Tulsa Community College. She is the author of Katherine Drexel: The Riches-to-Rags Story of an American Catholic Saint.


"This edited volume brings together a set of fascinating studies on women crossing boundaries of various kinds in Chinese literature, art, and film, adding richness and nuance to an expanding field of studies on Chinese women. The book will appeal to general readers and students as well as to scholars interested not only in Chinese women's history but in Asian literatures and cultural histories more broadly." — Binbin Yang, author of Heroines of the Qing: Exemplary Women Tell Their Stories