SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Cheuk Yee Wai

BA Religious Studies (CUHK), MPhil Gender Studies (CUHK)
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Cheuk Yee Wai
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Thesis title:
The Craft of Affairs: Women and Sexual Liaisons in Late Imperial Chinese Erotic Fictions
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PhD Research

My PhD research aims to look into the sexual life of late imperial Chinese women as presented in erotic fictions at the time, with the focus on women who deviated from social expectation of being “proper”, “good” women. Through the comparison of selected texts, this research aims to review the presentation and reception of women in illicit affair, in particular the loopholes of the inner/outer household that supposedly segregated male and female, and how desire were handled within a “female circle”, both of which commonly featured in relevant fictions.