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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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Home Current Catalogs Blog. I-Ching rated it it was amazing Jun 13, However, I hated the parts when the author tried to interpret the bound foot – such as when she says it looks like both male and female genitalia – really?

It is a bit dry at points, and sometimes it’s difficult to follow the narrative or perhaps the problem beuaty that there isn’t one. If I wanted penises in my literature, I’d read pretty much any classic book. Return to Book Page. Search Site only in current section. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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I’m still not convinced. If you grow up with bound feet thinking this is how it is supposed to be and suffer for it, and all of a sudden everything you believed in is taken away – that must be incredibly painful psychologically, not to forget that walking without those shoes must be physically painful as hell. A book that was left by my mother in my book shelves.

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One wonders why she has to call her book “footbinding in China” since her focuses are so diffused that the book can be subtitled “Footbinding and X”, X being “Sexuality”, “Women’s Writing,” and what chnia.

By first examining the root of her own girlhood desire, Wang unleashes a fascinating inqu When Wang Ping was nine years old, she secretly set about binding her feet with elastic bands. Contact Contact Us Help.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Wang Ping has succeeded triumphantly in this provocative and engaging book. Finally, I didn’t know how violently the practice was stopped – women with bound feet were stopped on the streets or their homes were broken into, and their shoes and foor were taken away. After a few introductory chapters dealing with the culture fro footbinding, she focuses primarily on its representations in classical Chinese literature.

Selected pages Title Page. A Brief History ofFootbinding. If you read only that section out of the whole book, you would not have known Achi This would have been a good deal drier if the author hadn’t added in many references to older literature and anecdotes by a variety of women, which I heartily beautj.

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Betty rated it really liked it Jun footvinding, Princita Hemam rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Aching for Beauty Footbinding in China I think Wang’s idea that women “bonded together” over this issue is true.


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Because the author is also a poet and a novelist, her literary gifts are everywhere evident, particularly in her deft analysis of the language and literature of the golden lotuses. Kayden Press Book Award Books by Wang Ping. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Jul 18, K. Footbinding in Vhina Erotica pp.

Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China by Wang Ping

May 27, Jason Poulter rated it did not like it. Mar 18, Koroviev rated it it was ok Shelves: Trivia About Aching for Beauty It demonstrated the connection between pleasure and pain. What compelled mothers to bind the feet of their young daughters, forcing the girls to walk about on doubled-over limbs to achieve ahcing breakage of bones requisite for three-inch feet?

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 xhina female bonds that footbinding fostered.