Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (Google eBook)

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U of Minnesota Press, 2000 - Beauty, Personal - 265 pages
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In this award-winning inquiry, Wang Ping offers a fresh perspective on the centuries-old custom of footbinding.

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 fostered in endeavoring to demystify this complex phenomenon. With a comprehensive examination of the notions of hierarchy, femininity, and fetish bound up in the tradition, Aching for Beauty places footbinding in its proper context and opens a window onto an intriguing culture.

  

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Review: Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

The description on the back of "Aching for Beauty" reads: "When Wang Ping was nine years old, she secretly set about binding her feet with elastic bands. Footbinding had by then been outlawed in China ... Read full review

Review: Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

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 enjoyed. However toward the middle I felt ... Read full review

Contents

Achieving
3
A Brief History ofFootbinding
29
Footbinding and the Cult of
55
Food and Foot
79
Footbinding
99
Female
145
The Fabric of Masquerade
199
and Beyond
225
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