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Nüfan jielu 女範捷錄


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Nüfan jielu 女範捷錄 "Quick guide for all rules for girls" is a short handbook for the conduct of girls written by the late Ming period 明 (1368-1644) female writer Miss Liu 劉氏, wife of Wang Jijing 王集敬. It is part of the so-called "Four books for girls" Nü sishu 女四書. The book is divided into 11 chapters. The book first describes the general outlines of female conduct and then describes all various aspects of this conduct, depending on the social position and the actual situation. These different facets of female behaviour are clarified by excellent examples from the past. As part of the Nü sishu, the Nüfan juelu was quite widespread in former times.

Contents
統論 Tonglun Introduction
後德 Houde The virtue of a wife (lit. "the person behind")
母儀 Muyi The conduct of a mother
孝行 Xiaoxing Filial piety
貞烈 Zhenlie Sincerity
忠義 Zhongyi Loyalty
慈愛 Ci'ai Benevolence
秉禮 Bingli Ritual behaviour
智慧 Zhihui Wisdom
勤儉 Qinjian Sparingness
才德 Caide Competence

Sources: Su Guoxia 蘇國霞 (1995), "Nüfan jielu 女範捷錄", in Lu Leshan 盧樂山 (ed.), Zhongguo nüxing baike quanshu 中國女性百科全書, Hunyin jiating 婚姻家庭 (Shenyang: Dongbei daxue chubanshe), p. 75. ● Liu Shuying 劉淑英 (1997), "Nüfan jielu 女範捷錄", in Men Gui 門巋, Zhang Yanqin 張燕瑾 (ed.), Zhonghua guocui da cidian 中華國粹大辭典 (Hong Kong: Guoji wenhua chuban gongsi), p. 283.

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