Ellen Widmer is the Mayling Soong Professor of Chinese Studies and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Wellesley College. Her research fields include Chinese women’s literature of the Ming and Qing dynasties, history of the book, missionary history, and traditional Chinese fiction and drama. She is the author of two monographs, The Margins of Utopia: Shui-hu hou-chuan and the Literature of Ming Loyalism, 1987, and The Beauty and the Book: Women and Fiction in Nineteenth Century China, 2006. Her edited volumes include Writing Women in Late Imperial China (with Kang-i Sun Chang),1997; Trauma and Transcendence in Early Qing Literature (with Wilt Idema and Wai-yee Li), 2006; China’s Christian Colleges: Cross-Cultural Connections (with Daniel Bays), 2008; and The Inner Chambers and Beyond: Women Writers from Ming to Qing (with Grace Fong), 2010. Her research is primarily in the areas of women, publishing, and fiction of the Ming and Qing.
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