Spaces of Their Own: Women's Public Sphere in Transnational China

Spaces of Their Own: Women's Public Sphere in Transnational China

Spaces of Their Own: Women's Public Sphere in Transnational China

Spaces of Their Own: Women's Public Sphere in Transnational China

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“Father’s time, mother’s species,” as Joyce put it; and indeed, when evoking the name and destiny of women, one thinks more of the space generating and forming the human species than of time, becoming or history.

—Julia Kristeva, “Women’s Time”

It is in space, on a worldwide scale, that each idea of “value” acquires or loses its distinctiveness through confrontation with the other values and ideas that it encounters there.… Groups, classes or fractions of classes cannot constitute themselves, or recognize one another, as “subjects” unless they generate (or produce) a space. Ideas, representations or values which do not succeed in making their mark on space… will lose all pith and become mere signs.… whatever is not invested in an appropriated space is stranded.… Space’s investment—the production of space—has nothing incidental about it: it is a matter of life and death.

—Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space

In her provocative essay “Women’s Time,” Julia Kristeva described the challenge that a women’s “monumental time,” linked to the cyclical reproductive . . .

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