Tani E. Barlow Papers Available for Research

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The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and the John Hay Library at Brown University are proud to announce the opening of the Tani E. Barlow papers. This collection was processed as part of the Feminist Theory Archive, established in 2003, which documents the work of influential feminist theorists and scholars of difference who examine sex and gender at the center of theoretical study.

Barlow is the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Studies at Rice University as well as the author of In the Event of Women (Duke University Press, 2018), The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism (Duke University Press, 2004), and Inter/National Feminism and China, Ito Ruri and Kobayashi Eri, trans., (Tokyo: Ochanomizu Press, 2003). Additionally, she has edited and coedited nine published books, published twenty papers in edited books, approximately forty articles in academic journals, and edited or co-edited forty seven journal issues. Barlow is the founding senior editor of positions: asia critique, an international, prizewinning journal that she continues to edit. She has lectured all over the world at various workshops and universities, including Westminster University, the University of Bologna, Universität Heidelberg, Institut National des Langues et Civilisation Orientales, Ochanomizu University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and she was inaugural director of the Chao Centre for Asian Studies at Rice.

This collection (32 linear feet) spans from 1957 – 2017 and consists of Barlow’s personal and professional papers that document her personal life, academic career, and research interests of feminism, postcoloniality, and women’s history in Asia, specifically in China. Barlow’s papers highlight her family history, personal relationships, teaching career, editorial work, research, and writing, with syllabi, lectures, correspondence, subject files, and drafts, in addition to a substantial collection of Barlow’s diaries and photographs. These materials are in English, Mandarin, and Japanese. Scholars who study feminism and gender in East Asia, the Women's Movement in China, modern girlhood, and the author, Ding Ling, will find this collection particularly useful.

Research requests are welcome. For more information about the collection, please contact Mary Murphy, the Nancy L. Buc '65, Pembroke Center Archivist, at 401-863-6268 or mary_murphy1@brown.edu.