Maram Epstein F'06, F'96

Maram  Epstein
Associate Professor
East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Oregon

ACLS Fellowship Program 2006
ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow

Associate Professor
East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Oregon
Orthodox Passions: Filial Piety in Eighteenth-Century China

This project is a broad, interdisciplinary study of the changing practices, representations and cultural meanings of filial piety in eighteenth-century China. Through comparative close readings of fiction, criminal case memorials, local histories and memorial biographies, this project describe how gender informed the changing practices of filial piety and how genre shaped its representation. This study suggests that late-imperial fascination with women as chastity martyrs inspired the creation of new modes of filial virtue. Further, recognizing the importance of filial piety to traditional Chinese self-identity marks a significant distinction between normative eighteenth-century and modern, western-based psychological models of self.

ACLS Fellowship Program 1996
Assistant Professor
University of Oregon
Orthodoxy, gender, and meaning in late Imperial Chinese fiction