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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In Aching for Beauty, Wang interprets the mystery of footbinding as part of a womanly heritage-“a roaring ocean current footbinring female language and culture.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is a bit dry at points, and sometimes it’s difficult to follow the narrative or perhaps the problem is that there isn’t one. Wang Ping awakens empathy and wonder, and helps us see that we are all kindred in spite of our extraordinary and precious differences.
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. If you want to be haunted with words for a long time, this is the book that will stay with you concerning the lengths humans go for acceptance. This book was rather high-level philosophy, some parts becoming too much of a disertation comparing it’s content to other chinese writers. Recommended for anyone interested in Chinese history and culture.
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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.
I couldn’t quite bring myself to finish this book because it felt too much like a thesis, which in actuality, I believe it was. As a child growing up during the Cultural Revolution, Wang Ping fantasized about binding her own feet and tried to restrict their growth by wrapping them in elastic bandages. Princita Hemam rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Apr 07, Brittany rated it it was ok. I didn’t know much about the practice of foot-binding; this is a well-researched history of foot-binding. Awards Winner of the Eugene M. This I read for research for my latest book I am working on. Return to Book Page.
Ping used literary fpr such as novels, poems and pla After reading Lisa See’s novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, I became fascinated with the chinese practice of foot binding.
Aching for Beauty
Men are gross, no matter what country they’re from. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. A fascinating and haunting exploration of the bound foot in Chinese culture. This book describes the chilling and tragic history of beauty via footbinding in China that began around the 11th century, flourished in the Ming Dynasty, and was eclipsed in the Qing Dynasty in She also edited and cotranslated New Generation: Her comprehensive examination of the notions of hierarchy, femininity, and fetish bound up in the tradition places footbinding in its proper context in Chinese history and opens a window onto an intriguing culture.
Account Options Sign in. It spared no reality and some mental pictures will stay with me, wanted or not. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Feb 21, Kay rated it liked it Shelves: Wang Ping has succeeded triumphantly in this provocative and engaging book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
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Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China
First examining the root of her own girlhood desire for tiny feet — years after footbinding had been outlawed in China — Wang then probes an astonishing range of literary references, addresses the relationship between beauty and pain, and discusses the intense female bonds that footbinding geauty in endeavoring to demystify this complex phenomenon.
But, there were interesting chapters on other subjects University of Minnesota Press Coming soon. Ping’s words are powerful.
Both beauty and talent count here. You can’t pass what you wish for for what was possible. Written in an elegant and powerful style, and filled with personal and intriguing insights, Aching for Beauty builds bridges from past to present, East to West, history beuty literature, imagination to reality.
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Footbinding and the Cult of. Even still, I think the author summed up the book in that first chapter. It makes me laugh when, in an apparently self-defensive and slightly apologetic manner, she justifies her digression by saying things to the effect that although the discussion she makes now has very little to do with footbinding, footbinding is nevertheless a pivotal element.
At times I feel the author may have read more into the practice than I would have but her conclusions are not outlandish. I think Wang’s idea that women “bonded together” over this issue is true. I was disappointed with this book overall.
I tried very hard to maintain an open mind about the practice of foot binding.