"The Study of Lu Bi-Cheng " explores the life and literary achievements of the famous Qing Dynasty female poet, Lu Bi-Cheng, and her thoughts and accomplishments around feminist study and Buddhism. Lu Bi-Cheng grew up in the ever changing late Qing era, born into a scholarly family and well educated, partnered with great life opportunities, she became the first female editor of "Ta Kung Pao", the first government-run university''s president, and a high profile writer. This thesis opens with an Introduction, and closes with a Summary. The second chapter dives into Lu Bi-Cheng''s life journeys, taking a look at her legendary life in chronological order, and investigating the life changing events and its effects. The third chapter discusses her literature forms: classical Chinese verse, poetry, and travel journals. Analyzing each of the form''s contents and uniqueness, and the reviews she received on her literature at the time. The fourth chapter focuses on her historical place, advocacy, and stance during modern feminism movements, including the founding of Beiyang Female Academy. Also discussed are her relationships with the feminist community at the time, using that as an anchor to provide insight into modern feminism movements in the areas of: female education advocacy, mass media, and revolution. The fifth chapter details out her transition from modern socialite to famous female scholar in recent Buddhism studies, her "pro-life" advocacy, and her quest and doubt for pure land.
This thesis covers from a timing perspective Lu Bi-Cheng''s birth till death; From a land perspective it covers Tianjin to Europe; From a thoughts perspective it covers her views on literature, feminist study, and Buddhism, with the goal to present a holistic view of Lu Bi-Cheng''s literature and thought.