There are more books, articles, films and sites than we can possibly touch upon for all the topics we cover in this class. If you can’t get enough of a topic, here are a few hints for good reads.
- Crone, Patricia. Pre-Industrial Societies : Anatomy of the Pre-Modern World. London: Oneworld, 2015.
- A very useful introduction to the premodern/pre-industrial world if you feel a bit lost in how different things seem back then.
- Keith Knapp, “Gender in Premodern China” bibliography (Canvas PDF)
- Paul Goldin, “Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern China: Bibliography of Materials in Western Languages” bibliography (2013) (Canvas PDF)
- Instructional website with a good overview of the tomb of Lady Hao, and the objects found https://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/archae/2fuhmain.htm
Queen Mother of the West (=Xiwangmu, Hsi-wang-mu)
- Carter, Martha L. “China and the Mysterious Occident: The Queen Mother of the West and Nanā.” Rivista Degli Studi Orientali 79, no. 1-4 (2006): 97-129.
- James, Jean M. “An Iconographic Study of Xiwangmu during the Han Dynasty.” In Artibus Asiae, Vol 55, No. 1-2 (1995), 17-41.
- Cahill, Suzanne Elizabeth. Transcendence & Divine Passion : The Queen Mother of the West in Medieval China. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1993.
- Barrett, Timothy Hugh. The Woman Who Discovered Printing. New Haven Conn.: Yale University Press, 2008.
- A very interesting book, written in a very accessible style by a very respected scholar of the Tang dynasty. Worth your time if you are interested in Empress Wu and want to have a very different perspective on the history of printing as well.
- Doran, Rebecca. Transgressive Typologies: Constructions of Gender and Power in Early Tang China. Harvard-Yenching Institute Monographs, 103. Cambridge, MA: Published by the Harvard University Asia Center, 2016.
- Includes a few chapters on how later historians constructed the negative image, and how this fed into the fiction about Wu Zhao’s sexual exploits.
- Rothschild, N. Harry. Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Accessed September 21, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.
- A scholarly study looking the divine element in Empress Wu’s legitimation of her rule.
- Rothschild, N. Harry. Wu Zhao : China’s Only Woman Emperor. The Library of World Biography. New York: Pearson Longman, 2008.
- A biography of Empress Wu aimed at a more general audience. There are some problems with the sensational nature of the stories and it is not always clear that the author rejects them.
- Twitchett, Denis. “‘Chen Gui’ and Other Works Attributed to Empress Wu Zetian.” Asia Major 16, no. 1 (2003): 33-109.