• RRP: £44.95
  • You Save: £8.99 (20%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Burden of Female Tale... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Wordery
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: This fine as new copy should be with you within 7-10 working days via Royal Mail.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Burden of Female Talent: The Poet Li Qingzhao and Her History in China (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph) (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series) Hardcover – 7 Mar 2014

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
£29.86 £30.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£35.96 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product details

Product Description


The first work of this kind in any language, The Burden of Female Talent is both grand synthesis and original scholarship, with a clear style that makes a complex story easy to follow. --Eva Shan Chou, Times Higher Education, 20 February 2014

About the Author

Ronald C. Egan is Professor of Sinology in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on Amazon.co.uk.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d9993fc) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d564588) out of 5 stars Great literary analysis 11 Nov. 2014
By grad student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The literary analysis is great by Prof. Egan, though there is a bit of repetition throughout the book in reference to lines, works, and details.

Given the nature of the topic, there could have been a better theoretical framework to tie the book together neatly. It would have been a little bit more sophisticated, though the current work is already very good. The book starts off with a macro, historical view of writing women in the Song Dynasty, then the micro focus on Li Qingzhao, her acceptance and status within the Song literary world. The author then moves on to cover Li's acceptance by later generations, and the changes that have taken place in the scholarship surrounding her body, physically and metaphorically, of works. My favorite chapter is the one focusing on Li's Afterword, I found the observation of it being written as a warning to other collectors more refreshing than the traditional view of a work reminiscing her once happy marriage.

The revelation that Zhao Mingcheng had offspring from local gazetteers definitely is a new direction in potential research, but has yet to shine more light on the evidence and where it may lead to. Though given the customs of the time and the political/social status of the Zhao family, the presence of concubine(s) was definitely a likely scenario.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d564708) out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 July 2014
By BRIAN HURLBURT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know