Women&Marriage (12.2) F'09

Women&Marriage (12.2) F'09 - Women and Marriage in...

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Women and Marriage in Premodern and Modern China
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Changes Tang-Song (7th - 13th centuries) Tang (618-907) Plump women Women ride horses No footbinding Song (960-1279) Slim (Shen Fu’s wife Yün) Secluded in home (see Yün in Shen Fu, Sm Happiness) Footbinding begins
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4 Forms of Marriage Major marriage Adult woman, dowry Minor marriage Go as child, “little daughter-in-law” Concubine Uxorilocal (exception) husband to wife’s home
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1. Major Marriage (most common) Adult woman Marries into husband’s home See Shen Fu and Small Happiness, mother-in-law relations Parents arrange Often mother (Shen Fu) Continues family line “Open the Door” (bow to ancestors) Must produce sons Bride comes with dowry Also brideprice paid
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2. Minor marriage Girl goes as a minor “Little daughter-in-law” Raised as a daughter, married to “brother” when grown up Shen Fu’s daughter Ching-chün
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