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A fascinating and haunting exploration of the bound foot in Chinese culture. In Aching for Beauty, Wang interprets the mystery of footbinding as part of a. The earliest mention of foot binding in Chinese history may date to the 21st century B.C., when the founder of the Xia dynasty was said to have married a fox fairy. ACHING FOR BEAUTY: Footbinding in China by Wang Ping. Why did so many Chinese women over a thousand-year period bind their feet.

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However, the topic was amazing and incredibly tense.

The description on the back of “Aching for Beauty” reads: Footbinding in China Ping Wang No preview available – Wang offers chin a deeper understanding of a complex and horrific cultural practice.

This is really a heart-touching story of footbinding ever happened in China, where beauty in women was measured by footbinxing size of their feet. The factual information is interesting, when you can find it. Jan 25, Kate rated it liked it.

Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China

Open Preview See a Problem? I learned a lot, appreciated the pictures. Starting with an unexpected stance on the universally reviled practice of foot binding-the book reclaims it as a vital component of Chinese women’s cultural heritage- Aching unravels, in a good way, into the long continuum of Chinese culture itself.

I expected to read a book on foot binding, and there was very little about that subject in this book. In setting out to demystify this reviled tradition, Wang probes an astonishing range of literary references, addresses the relationship between beauty and pain, and discusses the intense female bonds that footbinding fostered.


Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China – Ping Wang – Google Books

Wang Ping awakens empathy and wonder, and helps us see that we are all kindred in spite of our extraordinary and precious differences. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

Female Bonding and Writing pp. I do that too and I’m grateful that I had people who beauyy pointed them out for me. After a few introductory chapters dealing with the culture of footbinding, she focuses primarily fog its representations in classical Chinese literature.

Food and Foot Fetishes in China pp. I found the information insightful and very helpful. At times I was disturbed by the images of pain that were described but these images greatly illustrated the authors arguments.

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Caroline rated it really liked it May 06, If I wanted penises in my literature, I’d read beauhy much any classic book. A fascinating look into a unique, yet painful tradition. This I read for research for my latest book I am working on. By beginning with a disturbing strip tease that exposes the vulnerability and, to our eyes, grotesqueness, of lotus feet, and then carefully, even reverently, binding them up again with layer after layer of meticulously crafted and keenly sensitive extrapolations of their profound social, aesthetic, moral, and spiritual bfauty, she carries her readers beyond the pornographic into the cathartic.


I was barely able to get through a couple of chapters before I gave The description on the back of “Aching for Beauty” reads: This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Poems from China Today Nermeen H rated it really liked it Jan 08, A Brief History ofFootbinding.

I still enjoyed it. I only got through the first chapter before bringing it back to the library.

Jan 22, Karenj rated it liked it. Men are gross, no matter what country they’re from.

Aching for Beauty

Return to Book Page. One wonders why she has to call her book “footbinding in China” since her gootbinding are so diffused that the book can be subtitled “Footbinding and X”, X being “Sexuality”, “Women’s Writing,” and what not.

Anna Anderson rated it it was amazing Feb 06, inn May 27, Jason Poulter rated it did not like it. Aching for Beauty and Beyond pp. One of Ping’s major themes was that foot binding was a practice which connected women in the culture to each other. She searches through footbihding and other literature to find signs of footbinding or reactions of women to footbinding and their place in China. But, there were interesting chapters on other subjects

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