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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Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. None of these arguments are cyina supported with evidence. Anna Anderson rated it it was amazing Feb 06, Aching for Beauty is one of the most stimulating beautj exciting books I have read in a long, long time-a work of cultural criticism and comparative study at its best.

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Trivia About Aching for Beauty She seems to not realize that no woman was supposed to look like the Sphinx or the mermaid – whereas Chinese women were “forced” to have hooves. A Brief History ofFootbinding.

Even though footbinding was not practiced by every woman in late Imperial China, the aesthetic, financial, and erotic advantages of footbinding permeated all aspects of language. References to this book Chinese Women and Rural Development: I learned a lot, appreciated the pictures.


Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China

This is a rich, necessary, and invaluable book. Ping’s study is smart and interesting.

I had hoped that it would include some personal insight into the practice. Chinese Women and Rural Development: This is really a heart-touching story of footbinding ever happened in China, where beauty in women was measured by the size of their feet. 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. I found the information insightful and very helpful.

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Wang offers readers a deeper understanding of a complex and horrific cultural practice. Suzanne Gutting rated it really liked it Ni 15, cyina Is it that we really aren’t too far apart in these practices from the old practice of foot binding?

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jun 01, Lori Stoltz rated it it was amazing. I only got through the first chapter before bringing it back to the library.

At footbindinb best, it’s a genreless prose work, wandering freely through a forest of mostly inaccessible to a general English-language reader texts and subject matter. At times I feel the author may have read more into the practice than I would have but her conclusions are not outlandish. Wang Ping writes with passion and an understanding strengthened by the female experience.


She seems to not re The factual information is interesting, when you can find it. When Wang Ping was nine years old, she secretly set about binding her feet with elastic bands. To ask other readers questions about Aching for Beautyplease sign up. However, it was more of a reaction to shared suffering rather than women becoming part of a “beauty culture”. The whole book is plagued–if I may use this rather strong expression–by overinterpretation, an unfortunate result of the author’s overflowing subjectivity.

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Aching for Beauty

It seems fkr foot binding was done for more than just a symbol of beauty or erotic stimulation for men. Recommended for anyone interested in Chinese history and culture. I have also read that there is a fictional book about this subject that is much better Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa Seewhich I will probably download on my Kindle.

To view it, click here. Why did so many Chinese women over a thousand-year period bind their feet, enduring rotting flesh, throbbing pain, and hampered mobility throughout their lives?