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The late Ming courtesan Ma Shouzhen (1548-1604): visual culture, gender and self-fashioning in the Nanjing pleasure quarter

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Ma Shouzhen (1548-1604) was a cultured courtesan who lived in the famous pleasure quarter along the Qinhuai River in Nanjing, the southern capital of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). She was talented in dance and music, painting and poetry, and surprisingly for her time, she was also a playwright. Although she was a celebrity of the prolific Nanjing cultural milieu and there is a good corpus of extant material by and about her, the particular contribution of Ma Shouzhen - her character and he...

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Oxford college:
Queen's College
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Publication date:
2013
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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Oxford University, UK

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