"Ko challenges simplistic depictions of women as victims and argues that within their social and cultural constraints, a women's literary culture developed that transcended public and private spheres and redefined womanhood. . . . This multifaceted book is a breakthrough in the study of women as part of Chinese cultural and social history."ChoiceKo, Dorothy is the author of 'Teachers of the Inner Chambers Women and Culture in Seventeenth-Century China', published 1995 under ISBN 9780804723596 and ISBN 0804723591.