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  2. The Sword or the Needle: The Female Knight-errant ("xia) in Traditional Chinese Narrative (Welten Ostasiens / Worlds of East Asia / Mondes de l'Extrême-Orient)

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This study focussing on narratives about female knights-errant (nüxia) cuts along a thematic line in Chinese literary history, and thus seeks to contribute to understanding and appreciation mainly in three fields of inquiry: the formation of narrative subgenre; the literary representation of gender; and the particularities of the Chinese knight-errantry narrative. It traces the processes of textual collecting, editing, rewriting, and intertextual referencing by which narratives about female knights-errant were invented as, and forged into, a thematic sub-genre. The narratives about a character type who boldly transgresses gender boundaries are studied as an exemplary case for a general inquiry into the subversive significance of images of gender-bending strong female characters in the Chinese narrative tradition. Finally, the present study investigates into representations of the practice of Chinese knight-errantry, which includes assassination for social policing, private vengeance, and banditry.

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This book is the first work in English to address the theme of female xia in Chinese literature. It is very detailed in covering different stories, novels, and drama. The only shortcoming may be that it stops in the modern time period, and does not followup on any of the recent trends.

This is a must read for those interested in wuxia fiction or gender topics in literature.
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