Figuring Modernity: The New Woman and the Modern Girl in Republican China

  title={Figuring Modernity: The New Woman and the Modern Girl in Republican China},
  author={Sarah E. Stevens},
  journal={NWSA Journal},
  pages={103 - 82}
This paper examines the cultural figures of the New Woman and the Modern Girl in Republican China (1911-1949). In addition to reflecting the anxieties arising from a changing gender ideology, these contending images reveal anxieties associated with the concept of modernity and the modern nation project. The New Woman represents a positive view of linear modernity and hopes for a strong future China. The Modern Girl manifests in two distinct ways: as a self-absorbed woman searching for… 
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