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Aching For Beauty: Footbinding in China

Wang Ping

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ISBN 10: 0816636052 / ISBN 13: 9780816636051
Published by Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Aching For Beauty: Footbinding in China

Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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An exploration of the history and cultural practice of footbinding in China reveals the traditions that contributed to and surrounded its thousand-year enforcement, as well as its related literature, music, contests, and rewards.

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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, women's feet "liberated," but at that young age she desperately wanted the tiny feet her grandmother had-deformed and malodorous as they were. By first examining the root of her own girlhood desire, Wang unleashes a fascinating inquiry into a centuries-old custom.
Aching for Beauty combines Wang's unique perspective and remarkable literary gifts in an award-winning exploration of the history and culture surrounding footbinding. 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. 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.

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