Includes bibliographical references (p. -105) and index.
The ideological backdrop -- Destinies of the flowers in the mirror -- Li Ruzhen's commentary on Chinese society -- The rise and fall of the historical Empress Wu -- Empress Wu's achievements -- Gender distinctions in traditional China -- Defiant women in legend and fiction -- Overcoming the legacy of Confucianism: urban educated women today.
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