'This is not a marriage': husbandly virtue on trial in Qing dynasty law

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Humanities
Department History
Author Painter, Stephanie M.
Title 'This is not a marriage': husbandly virtue on trial in Qing dynasty law
Date 2016
Description This master's thesis examines two visions of male failure during the Qing dynasty (1644 to 1912): husband suicide and husband killing. The adjudication of these cases created a gap between narrative rhetoric and judicial logic that complicated the clear-cut ideology of the Qing Code. I examine this gap, arguing that while of little controversy in the law, husband suicide and husband killing stemmed from issues of patriarchal weakness and abuse that undermined orthodox notions of masculinity and ordinary women's expectations of marriage. Chapter 1 examines male suicide cases that presented the husband as simultaneously morally righteous and yet a disappointing example of Confucian manhood, exploring the hypothesis that judicial discourse gendered suicide as a female or yin form of agency. Chapters 2 and 3 move to a discussion of husband killing cases that complicated the Qing Code's image of a righteous husband as the victim of a villainous wife. These cases portrayed deeply flawed husb
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject CHASTITY; CHINA; GENDER; MARRIAGE; MASCULINITY; SUICIDE
Dissertation Name Master of Arts
Language eng
Rights Management ©Stephanie M. Painter
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 741,258 bytes
Identifier etd3/id/4246
ARK ark:/87278/s6s219vn
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2016-10-11
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 197791
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6s219vn
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