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MOU Notes I extend my thanks to the following DePauw University colleagues for their comments: Meryl Altman, Scott Sanborn, Andrea Sununu, Melanie Finney, Harry Brown, Kerry Pannell, Kevin Howley, and Scott Spiegelberg. My thanks also go to the DePauw Asian Studies Committee for awarding me the Freeman Faculty Summer Scholarship through the Freeman Foundation that enabled me to travel to Hainan Island and secure material that has substantially augmented this chapter. Finally, I give my sincerest thanks to Juris Lidaka and Don Wyatt for their unlimited patience and support.
Heilbrun, Writing a Woman’s Life (New York, 1988), p. 28. 15. Nancy Swann, Pan Chao: Foremost Woman Scholar of China (New York, 1932). 2784–92. 16. Ban Zhao’s biography contains about 2,218 characters, of which her “Admonitions for Women” takes about 1,512 characters and a memorial to the empress dowager takes another 207, leaving the actual biography at some 499 characters. Consort Xian’s biography contains about 1,425 characters. 17. Nanyue ranges generally from modern Guangzhou to the Hainan Island area.
This poetic structure reflects what Consort Xian does to those who wrote about her: her life provides them with a means to breach the past and the future and, more importantly, to reconcile with their own unfulfilled present. Recognizing her steadfast loyalty to the central governments gives meaning and value to the poet’s own suffering. 64 Each illustration is accompanied by a brief introduction on the side and a “music-bureau” (yuefu) poem within a stylish traditional design on the following leaf.