Book & Film Groups

The Death of Woman Wang

This book group engages secondary teachers with historian Jonathan Spence's classic, The Death of Woman Wang. Explore the lives of the non-elite in 17th-century China's Qing Dynasty as they face climatic catastrophes, famine, banditry, and more. Through the lenses of peasants and the illiterate, learn about the daily struggles of those history often fails to record, with a special focus on women. The book and course interweave Spence's historical writing with tales from the 17th-century writer Pu Songling.

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