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Disruption and Containment: Thinking about Tanyangzi in Comparative Perspective. Ann Waltner, History

Disruption and Containment:
Thinking about Tanyangzi in Comparative Perspective

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, from 4:30-5:45pm
140 Nolte Center

The Religious Studies Program Annual Faculty Lecture, by Professor Ann Waltner, History

Download: audio, small video, or original.


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Religious women are often disruptive: They may violate gender norms by refusing to marry. They may violate social norms by refusal to eat or engaging in other ascetic practices. They may stretch common sense credulity thorough heroic practices.

Tanyangzi was a young woman from an elite family in south China who ascended heavenward in broad daylight in 1580 in front of an audience of tens of thousands of people. This talk will tell her story and discuss ways in which her contemporaries made sense of the story. It will also draw on the stories of other disruptive women to help us illuminate ways in which we might pose questions that will enable us to think about her story.

Ann Waltner is former and founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Study. She teaches Chinese history and world history at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests lie in the social history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century China, comparative women’s history, and world history.

This talk is cosponsored with the Religious Studies Program.
Waltner also discussed Tanyangzi in a Bat of Minerva interview in 2006.

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