S. Mann's "The Talented Women of the Zhang Family" Book Review by Peter Pen

S. Mann's "The Talented Women of the Zhang Family"
Reviews Susan Mann's "The Talented Women of the Zhang Family", which chronicles the lives of three generations of women living in 19th century China.
# 109943 | 1,410 words | 1 source | APA | 2008
Published on Dec 12, 2008 in History (Asian) , Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that, in Susan Mann's "The Talented Women of the Zhang Family", the Zhang family sustains trial after trial while moving to different provinces in nineteenth century China. The author points out that, as the empire is made vulnerable by attacks from both foreign nations and domestic rebels, the Zhang women must overcome cultural, economic, and social devastation. Each woman, in this matrilineal genealogy, finds strength in her ability to cope with struggles adversely affecting her natal family or her married-into family. The author highlights the life of Zhang Yaoqing, or Tang Yaoqing as she is referred to in her maiden years, because of the six women detailed in this historical family narrative, she is believed to face the greatest challenges.

From the Paper:

"Interestingly enough, life had not always been filled with exertion and strife for Yaoqing. In her early years under the roof of her Aunt Tang, Yaoqing enjoyed a carefree lifestyle surrounded by cheerful family members. Yaoqing's ties to her father speak volumes in their relationship throughout her youth. Their mutual admiration for one another results in her scrupulously arranged betrothal and her delayed marriage. Disturbed at the thought that marriage would take her away from them, Yaoqing's parents do not rush to marry her off."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mann, S. (2007). The Talented Women of the Zhang Family. Berkely & Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press.

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APA Format

S. Mann's "The Talented Women of the Zhang Family" (2008, December 12) Retrieved March 25, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/s-mann-the-talented-women-of-the-zhang-family-109943/

MLA Format

"S. Mann's "The Talented Women of the Zhang Family"" 12 December 2008. Web. 25 March. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/s-mann-the-talented-women-of-the-zhang-family-109943/>