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Law, Ethics and Gender: China's Quest for a Modern Selfhood as Reflected in its Adaptations of Ibsen's A Doll's House
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, ISSN 1674-0750, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 145-159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I will discuss Chinese adaptations of A Doll's House as a point of departure to see how problems arise when the self and the behaviour of a person is defined in legal terms at the expense of moral motives and how men and women have different concepts of law and morality. Gender issues in the formation of selfhood and philosophical concepts of behavioural performativity will be examined in the context of China's experimentations in projecting new concepts of womanhood and the female self. As a context, I will also outline some of the changes in cultural values and ethical categories in China over the past century, so as to see why the individualist conception of the self has played such a paramount important role in China's quest for modernity.

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2018. Vol. 11, no 2, p. 145-159
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Selfhood, Chinese Ibsenism, Individualism, Gender, Ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157674DOI: 10.1007/s40647-018-0219-xISI: 000434170800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157674DiVA, id: diva2:1235981
Available from: 2018-07-30 Created: 2018-07-30 Last updated: 2018-07-30Bibliographically approved

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