This episode tells the stories of two Daoist nuns, Li Ye, who became a palace woman, and Yu Xuanji, who became a courtesan. Both left behind highly regarded poems but lost their lives to execution. The episode explores the perception of literary talent as it intersects with femininity.
Samei, M. B., & Cai, Z. (2022, Oct 4). Women and Poetry in the Tang Dynasty: A traitor and a murderess: the poetic nuns Li Ye and Yu Xuanji . In How to read Chinese poetry podcast. Hong Kong: Lingnan University. Retrieved from https://commons.ln.edu.hk/poetry_podcast/36/