Deuchler discusses how elite women from Choson dynasty absorbed and embodied the new social values that they were subjected to by the Neo-Confucian lawmakers. They performed domestic chores as required although they had abilities to express themselves with the outside world because of their literacy level. There were several things that were transformed in the women’s social standing as well as their role in the family because of the Neo-Confucianism. The women of Choson dynasty became more respectful to their husbands and more determined in performing their domestic chores. Deuchler believes that it is possible to balance between literacy and other vital domestic chores amongst women. Although the author expects transformation of the women from Choson dynasty in terms of their cultural believes, they still stick to their traditions.
Deuchler explains that the effect of dynastic transitions did not alternate the rules that affected women as was the case with the women of Choson dynasty and gives example with Chinese women. The author believed that despite the grasp of classical literature and transitional changes of dynasty the primary role of women as wives still remained vital. Deuchler highlights some key elite women such as Yunjingdang and Saimdang who did exceptionally well both with their grasp of classical literature, calligraphic painting and outstanding dedication management of the household. The sources used have greatly added value to the writing by providing examples that have helped in authenticating the topic of discussion. The author got the information from the source cited below and the main intention was to highlight the fact that a woman can effectively balance her duty as a wife with talents and literacy.
Susan, Mann. “Precious Records: Women in China’s Long Eighteenth Century.” Stranford: Stranford University Press (1997). 205-2011.
Yi Yongch’un. “Im Yunjidang ui songnihak.” Ch’onggye sahak 12 (1996): 125-175.