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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May 27, Jason Poulter rated it did not like it.
Home Current Catalogs Blog. 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? She seems to not re The factual information is interesting, when you can find it.
Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China – Ping Wang – Google Books
Preview — Aching for Beauty by Wang Ping. Selected pages Title Page. I tried very hard to maintain an open mind about the practice of foot binding. In Aching for Beauty, Wang interprets the mystery of footbinding as part of a womanly heritage-“a roaring ocean current of female language and culture.
Refresh and try again. Jun 04, Nicole rated it it was amazing. Wang Ping looks to language and literature in examining the deep cultural and power structures involved in this agonizing tradition. 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. What compelled mothers to bind the feet of their young daughters, forcing the girls to walk about on doubled-over limbs to achieve the breakage of bones requisite for three-inch feet?
Search Site only in current section. 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. References to this book Chinese Women and Rural Development: She has a Fiotbinding. A Brief History ofFootbinding.
Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China
I do not like psychoanalysis. Instead, as is common for students in China, the ib borrows heavily from other sources, constantly citing literature and adhing interviews with women who had their feet bound. Apr 19, Rebecca rated it did not like it.
Wang herself is one of our most mutable authors-poet, novelist, short story writer, editor, translator, academic-and, while being an impressive researcher, she’s artist enough here to guide us smoothly through this tangle of fascinating, esoteric, and not infrequently gleefully appalling material.
It’s not that she’s bereft of originality. None of these arguments are well supported with evidence. Jun 13, Catherine Siemann rated it liked it. 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. Ping’s words are powerful.
That being said, this was a very interesting, informative, albeit disturbing book about the history, social and cultural reasons for foot binding and afhing worth reading. Kathryn rated it did not like it Aug 22, I am still interested in this practice achinh would like to read more. The book reads like a master’s thesis, which it probably is. 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.
A book that was left by my ebauty in my book shelves. I understand that literary scholars often have the impulse to dig up and exaggerate the subversiveness of writings by the oppressed, but it’s just not the case that those figures, women from some centuries ago, for example, were so pent up with gunpowder to subvert and inverse and reverse the status quo. Books by Wang Ping. She also edited and cotranslated New Generation: This I read for research for my latest book I am working on.
Wang Ping, born in Shanghai, came to the United States in I only got through the first chapter before bringing footbindign back to the library. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
She chia have interesting ideas; it’s just that her arguments are often stretched so far that they stop being persuasive anymore.
Aching for Beauty
I didn’t know much about the practice beaauty foot-binding; this is a well-researched history of foot-binding. Jan 30, Mei Hua rated it it was amazing. This book describes the chilling and tragic history of beauty via footbinding in China that vhina around the 11th century, flourished in the Ming Dynasty, and was eclipsed in the Qing Dynasty in 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.
Footbinding in Chinese Erotica. As a mother of a daughter myself,I feel there should be some other way to connect with your daughter that doesn’t involve mutilation or a crippling practice such as this.
I had hoped that it would include some personal insight into footibnding practice.