China Review International, vol. 22, no. 1 (2015)

This issue of China Review International: A Journal of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in Chinese Studies includes two features and more than 15 reviews:


China’s Palace Women through the Dynasties (Reviewing Keith McMahon, Women Shall Not Rule: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China from Han to Liao; Keith McMahon, Celestial Women: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China from Song to Qing) Reviewed by Paul S. Ropp

Chinese Metaphysics: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking (Reviewing Chenyang Li and Franklin Perkins, editors, Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems) Reviewed by Joseph E. Harroff


Shehong Chen, Daughter of Good Fortune: A Twentieth-Century Chinese Peasant Memoir, reviewed by Guo Chao

Enze Han, Contestation and Adaption: The Politics of National Identity in China, reviewed by Elizabeth Van Wie Davis

Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, The Han: China’s Diverse Majority, reviewed by Yu Luo

Zornica Kirkova, Roaming into the Beyond: Representations of Xian Immortality in Early Medieval Chinese Verse, reviewed by Thomas Michael

Jedidiah J. Kroncke, The Futility of Law and Development: China and the Dangers of Exporting American Law, reviewed by Margaret K. Lewis

Jonathan Lipman, editor, Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution from the 17th to the 21st Century, reviewed by Guangtian Ha

Thomas Michael, In the Shadows of the Dao: Laozi, the Sage, and the Daodejing, reviewed by James D. Sellmann

David E. Pollard, editor and translator, Real Life in China at the Height of Empire: Revealed by the Ghosts of Ji Xiaolan, reviewed by Vincent Durand-Dastès

Gilbert Rozman, The Sino-Russian Challenge to the World Order: National Identities, Bilateral Relations, and East versus West in the 2010s, reviewed by Rustam Khan

Richard J. Smith, The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture, reviewed by Chung-Hao Pio Kuo

Hans van de Ven, Diana Lary, and Stephen R. MacKinnon, editors, Negotiating China’s Destiny in World War II, reviewed by Xin Zhang

Hans van Ess, Olga Lomová, and Dorothee Schaab-Hanke, editors, Views from Within, Views from Beyond: Approaches to the  Shiji as an Early Work of Historiography, reviewed by Carine Defoort

Stephen H. West and Wilt L. Idema, trans. and intro., The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays: The Earliest Known Versions, reviewed by Jennifer W. Jay

Ellen Widmer, Fiction’s Family: Zhan Xi, Zhan Kai, and the Business of Women in Late-Qing China, reviewed by Guo Chen

Ka-ming Wu, Reinventing Chinese Tradition: The Cultural Politics of Late Socialism, reviewed by Nyíri Pál

Zhang Suhua, Bianju: Qiqianrendahui shimo: Yijiuliu’er nian yiyue shiyiri —eryue qiri [The Situation Changes: A History of the Conference of the Seven Thousands — From January 11 to February 7, 1962] Reviewed by Patrick Fuliang

Zuyan Zhou, Daoist Philosophy and Literati Writings in Late Imperial China: A Case Study of  The Story of the Stone, reviewed by Sydney Morrow

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Every quarter, China Review International presents timely, English-language reviews of recently published China-related books and monographs. Its multidisciplinary scope and international coverage make it an indispensable tool for all those interested in Chinese culture and civilization, and enable the sinologist to keep abreast of cutting-edge scholarship in Chinese studies.



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