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The Defiant Muse

Vietnames Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present



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This is the only bilingual anthology of Vietnamese women's poetry available anywhere. This unique collection offers over one hundred poems from over one hundred poets in the only bilingual anthology of Vietnamese women's poetry available anywhere in the world. From the deeply personal to the dramatically political, "The Defiant Muse" gives a remarkable insight into the lives of women whose voices have long been consigned to history's margins. As diverse as Vietnam itself, this anthology ranges from the earliest oral poetry and the first written Buddhist spirituals to the angry poems of rebellious youth in Vietnam today. Native Vietnamese speakers and scholars carefully compiled, translated, and edited the texts to maintain the delicate authenticity of each work. Far-reaching in scope, this volume includes groundbreaking new Vietnamese translations of several ancient poems, a number of works from such canonic Vietnamese poets as Ho Xuan Huong, Anh Tho, and Xuan Quynh, as well as poems from contemporary writers from the Diaspora. Whether it is the legendary uprising of the Trung sisters against Chinese rule or the quiet cultivation of silkworms, this volume captures a staggering wealth of women's experiences. These extraordinary texts speak to exceptional moments in everyday realities of women in love and war, in the fields and cities, in their homeland and far abroad.

Author Biography

Nguyen Thi Minh Ha (1956-) has degrees in Russian and in foreign languages and culture. Since 1978, she has been an editor at the Women's Publishing House (Hanoi), where she is responsible for foreign literature. Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh (1955-) has a degree in Vietnamese and foreign literature. Since 1978, she has been an editor at the Women's Publishing House (Hanoi), where she is responsible for Vietnamese literature. Lady Borton (1942-) has received two honorary degrees for her work with all sides during and after the Vietnam War and is currently Adjunct Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Ohio. She is author of four books about Vietnam and has translated Vietnamese poetry, fiction, and memoirs.
Release date NZ
August 1st, 2007
Edited by Borton Edited by Nguyen thi Minh Ha Edited by Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh
Country of Publication
United States
Feminist Press at The City University of New York
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