Lisa Raphals' Sharing the Light is a useful collection of the latest available information regarding the role of women in early Chinese history. In contrast to conventional interpretations, Raphals aims to demonstrate that in early China women were not as socially constrained as later periods portrayed them. The focus and the main virtue of her work lies in collating and interpreting a significant amount of information on this topic.
Copyright © 2000 American Oriental Society. This article first appeared in Journal of the American Oriental Society 120:1 (2000), 140-141.
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Geanery, Jane. Review of Sharing the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China, by Lisa Raphals. Journal of the American Oriental Society 120, no.1 (2000): 140-141.