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September 22, 2011

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Hu Ying

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Hu Ying Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, UC Irvine

Burying “Nie Zheng’s Bones:” The Making of Martyrs in 1911

October 4, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk examines two prominent cases of martyrdom, that of Qiu Jin (1875-1907), who was a member of Sun Yat-sen’s Revolutionary Alliance and was beheaded by the Qing for her involvement in an armed uprising, and that of Liangbi (1877-1912), Manchu loyalist, commander of the First Brigade of the Qing Palace Guard, whose assassination in January 1912 sealed the fate of the Empire. As canonization typically involves immediate associates, local elites and the state, the process, whether successful or not, gives us a privileged window for viewing different conceptions of virtue, community and different ways of history writing.

Hu Ying completed her doctorate in Comparative Literature at Princeton in 1992 and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at UC Irvine. The focus of her research is the literature and culture of late 19th to early 20th century China, a fascinating period that witnessed rapid changes in every aspect of the Chinese world. This period of great ideological and cultural fluidity bred a generation of independent thinkers. She is specifically interested in seeing how women at the time - revolutionaries, writers, artists - understood and intervened in such changes of political system, cultural values and gender norms. Publications include New Approaches to Chinese Women’s Lives: Beyond Exemplar Tales, Berkeley: University of California Press (forthcoming); co-edited with Joan Judge; and Tales of Translation: Composing the New Woman in China, 1898-1918, Stanford University Press, 2000.

Posted by zzhu at September 22, 2011 07:46 PM