Feminism, Women's Agency, and Communication in Early Twentieth-Century China

The Case of the Huang-Lu Elopement

  • Qiliang He

Part of the Chinese Literature and Culture in the World book series (CLCW)

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Feminism, Women’s Agency, and Communication in Early Twentieth-Century China focuses on a sensational elopement in the Yangzi Delta in the late 1920s to explore how middle- and lower-class members of society gained access to and appropriated otherwise alien and abstract enlightenment theories and idioms about love, marriage, and family. Via a network of communications that connected people of differing socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, non-elite women were empowered to display their new womanhood and thereby exercise their self-activating agency to mount resistance to China’s patriarchal system. Qiliang He’s text also investigates the proliferation of anti-feminist conservatisms in legal practice, scholarly discourses, media, and popular culture in the early Nanjing Decade (1927-1937). Utilizing a framework of interdisciplinary scholarship, this book traverses various fields such as legal history, women’s history, popular culture/media studies, and literary studies to explore urban discourse and communication in 1920s China.


May Fourth theory 1920s China Chinese Cultural Revolution public culture chinese literature Huang Huiru Lu Genrong Chinese news Chinese journalism Chinese literary culture women's agency China elopement affair New Culture Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Qiliang He
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityNormal, ILUSA

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