7. The Nanjing Courtesan Ma Shouzhen (1548–1604): Gender, Space and Painting in the Late Ming Pleasure Quarter

  1. Lin Foxhall2 and
  2. Gabriele Neher3
  1. Monica Merlin

Published Online: 13 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118234471.ch7

Gender and the City before Modernity

Gender and the City before Modernity

How to Cite

Merlin, M. (2012) The Nanjing Courtesan Ma Shouzhen (1548–1604): Gender, Space and Painting in the Late Ming Pleasure Quarter, in Gender and the City before Modernity (eds L. Foxhall and G. Neher), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118234471.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Leicester, UK

  2. 3

    University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118234433

Online ISBN: 9781118234471

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Keywords:

  • Nanjing courtesan Ma Shouzhen, courtesans in the urban space;
  • Nanjing pleasure quarter, men in the bustle of street life;
  • pleasure quarter, spatial, social moment of Chinese history;
  • the Ming Dynasty, and the cultural scene of Nanjing;
  • Ma Shouzhen's painting, constructixson of social, gendered space;
  • Late Ming Pleasure Quarter, gendered subjectivity;
  • women of the gentry, position within family, society;
  • new intellectualism, literary networks and poetry societies;
  • courtesans, and the literati (wenren), transgressing gender, class;
  • women painters, bamboo, orchids, of literati painting

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The city of Nanjing and its pleasure quarter

  • Ma Shouzhen as a ‘symbolic place’ in the journey through the city

  • Ma Shouzhen, painting, gender and space

  • Conclusion