The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China’s Collective Past

James C. Scott writes:

Gail Hershatter’s The Gender of Memory is devoted to bringing to life women’s experience as it diverged from both men’s history and the national story. Her portraits, based on the lives of 72 women from four villages in Shaanxi Province, are a landmark in women’s history and the history of China; no future account of the famine can ignore them.

(LRB 6 December 2012)