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She is one and all-writing Nushu, women's script in an autobiography
Lo,Yuen Yi
2012-11-01
Source PublicationNew Writing
ISSN1479-0726
Volume9Issue:3Pages:374-395
Abstract

Nushu, women's script, is believed to have been created and practiced exclusively by women in the Shangjiangxu Township, Jiangyong County, Hunan Province, China for some hundred years. Through a set of unique matriarchal scripts, these women developed a tradition of storytelling, orally in chants, in embroidery, and in written form. They had produced abundant records of their stories in the form of either a biography or an autobiography, which shows a valid representation of their genealogy, a vital condition informing women's identity. I am taking the form of an autobiography, an interdisciplinary practice, as a disrupting challenge of conventions to reveal fragments of the stories of some of these women I visited in the region. With a singular she throughout the writing, I have attempted to resist from all patriarchal definitions and appropriations: she is fluid, she is in flux, she is multiple, and she cannot be fixed. She is one and all. She is fragmentary and a whole.

KeywordAutobiography Matriarchal Script Nushu Sexual Difference Women Women's Script
DOI10.1080/14790726.2012.693092
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Language英語English
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorLo,Yuen Yi
AffiliationFaculty of Education, University of Macau, Macao, China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Lo,Yuen Yi. She is one and all-writing Nushu, women's script in an autobiography[J]. New Writing,2012,9(3):374-395.
APA Lo,Yuen Yi.(2012).She is one and all-writing Nushu, women's script in an autobiography.New Writing,9(3),374-395.
MLA Lo,Yuen Yi."She is one and all-writing Nushu, women's script in an autobiography".New Writing 9.3(2012):374-395.
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