East Asian languages and cultures Professor Ronald Egan argues that the poetry of 12th-century writer Li Qingzhao has been consistently misrepresented due to centuries of gender bias.
Women often destroyed their own writing or male writers would co-opt and manipulate women’s poems to serve a male audience. Since male poets of the Song dynasty frequently impersonated female voices, and Li Qingzhao would have studied these poets and known their verses well, Egan posits, why wouldn’t a woman writer of the same period use the same strategy?
Highlighting this quote here because it made me realize how male-centric the literati was during that time. It’s a good read, and maybe I should do a post about her. Hmmm