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Faculty Author Series: Yan Sun

Gender and Chinese Archaeology by Yan Sun

Gender and Chinese Archaeology is the first book in either Chinese or English to focus on gender issues in the Chinese archaeological context. The book includes 12 case studies considering gender issues in the context of various archaeological and art historical materials, such as jade, bronzes, inscriptions on oracle bones and bronzes, images on pottery and bronzes and wall paintings. The case studies cover a wide range of ancient societies in different regions in China from 5000 BCE to the 3rd century CE. This book also introduces a variety of methods and theories for the archaeological study of gender issues in China. The Chinese version of the book was made available in Dec. 2006.

Yan Sun has been an assistant professor of art history in the visual arts department since fall 2002. Her specialty is early Chinese art and archaeology, particularly the bronze art and culture. Sun's work has appeared in both English and Chinese, focuses mainly on the discussions of cultural and gender identity and the rise of regional bronze cultures and their interactions with the dynastic power in central China. She teaches various courses on Asian and Chinese art and culture.

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