Gender and Literature/Art

Late Marriage Phenomenon and Its Causes for the Talented Women in Qing Dynasty——Based on The Collected Works of Women in Qing Dynasty

Xiao Yanan
Beijing Normal University
?Journal of South China Normal University(Social Science Edition) , 2016-1

Abstract:Late marriage for women was rarely seen in Qing Dynasty. According to historians' statistics,the number of women who got married over the age of twenty in Qing Dynasty is less than 1 /10 of their statistical data. But through investigation into The Collected Works of Women in Qing Dynasty,we can find that the number of talented women who got married over the age of twenty is nearly half of the total number. The causes of the talented women's late marriage can be divided into two types. One is the family and social environment factors which can be subdivided into two aspects: family responsibility and reputation burden. The other is their psychological aspiration: some were afraid of marriage and others were ambitious,cherishing their literary pursuit without intention for marriage.
Keywords:late marriage, talented women, family responsibility, reputation burden, inherent pursuit

Paper type:Published
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