Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/114529
Citations
Scopus Web of Science® Altmetric
?
?
Type: Journal article
Title: Globalization, women, and poverty: a transcultural reading of Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls
Author: Schaffer, K.
Song, X.
Citation: Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, 2017; 11(4):666-687
Publisher: Brill
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1673-7318
1673-7423
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Kay Schaffer, Xianlin Song
Abstract: China’s rise within a global economy has had diverse consequences for Chinese women. For the super rich and the rising middle class, it has offered opportunities for vast wealth. For the newly emergent underclass of migrant workers who have flooded to the cities, it has engendered exploitative states of vulnerability, especially for rural women. In this paper we locate our inquiry in the context of globalization and its impact on rural women’s lives as witnessed through the medium of a unique and distinctive women’s life narrative, Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls. The text testifies to the underside of women’s lives within the new market economy, documenting the cruelty of global capitalism. It presents an alternative version of the history of China’s rise in the global economy and maps a trajectory of increasing inequality from a previously silenced female perspective. Sheng Keyi’s world speaks to the sordid world of women, the world of yin. It coexists with the dizzying ascent of the yang―as the powerful nation grapples with social inequality and fragmentation. In its international circulation, Northern Girls opens readers to the contradictions and ambivalent aspects of China’s economic rise and its consequences specifically for migrant women.
Keywords: Rural migrant women; Chinese literature, suzhi discourse; subaltern
RMID: 0030098049
DOI: 10.3868/s010-006-017-0036-0
Appears in Collections:Gender Studies and Social Analysis publications

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.