| Confucius' comment-"The Book of Songs does not have evil thought"-has long been the moral criterion in poetic education. Even though dynasties have elapsed, various theoretical studies still didn't come to a conclusion regarding whether Confucius has substantially edited The Book of Songs or not. However, studies generally never questioned the tradition of Confucius; moral criticism-not even the marginalized women writers; on the contrary, through poetic education and arguments over the Confucian editorials they have attempted to establish a rational foundation for women's writing.
Focused on relevant discourse on women's writing in prefaces and epilogues in the Ming and Ching dynasties, this paper attempts to discuss traditional views on poetic education, on how arguments of Confucian editorials of The Book of Songs have been over and again emphasized, interpreted, and then finally stabilized and kept on contiguous ground. This paper has three parts: (1)Interpretation and upholding of the subject matters of the paradigm: community identification and the confirmed participation of writing. (2)The mutual reference and supplement of the value of writing: how traditional study of the classics has interfered with the literariness of literature. (3)Transcendence and return to a master authority: reflection on moral regulations and self-recognition. Through analyzing the discourse of legalization, I attempt to demonstrate the fact that the traditional rule of a numinous authority has not been challenged, that the study of classics and moral rules does show all the traces of absolutism, and that this has affected the literariness of literature, as well as independence and rationalization of women's writing.