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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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. Forged footbindkng a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Aching for Beauty

Paperbackpages. 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 Then it was like pulling teeth.

However, the topic was amazing and incredibly tense. Footbinding in Chinese Erotica pp. Wang Ping has done more than perform great feats of scholarship and interpretation. Home Current Catalogs Blog.

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Is it that we really aren’t too far apart in these practices from the old practice of foot binding? Aching for Beauty Footbinding in China 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.

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.

Aching for Beauty was a difficult book to read. Preview — Aching for Beauty by Wang Ping. I learned a lot, appreciated the pictures. Jan 22, Karenj rated footbunding liked it. Kayden Press Book Award Jun 04, Nicole rated it it was amazing. Achieving Beauty through Violence pp. Great, graphic and well-researched. Wang Ping writes with passion and an understanding strengthened by the female experience.


Return to Book Page. This is a combination of women’s accounts of their experiences with footbinding, presented in combination with dramaturgical represen Someone else said this reads like a dissertation and is thus too boring but, being an academic, I don’t think that’s the author’s problem: Search Site only in current section.

Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China

She raises some achijg points, but this was too ponderous to be a good introduction to the topic. 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 beginning cahing a disturbing strip tease that exposes the vulnerability and, to our eyes, grotesqueness, of lotus feet, and then carefully, even reverently, binding them up again with layer after layer of meticulously crafted and keenly sensitive extrapolations of their profound social, aesthetic, moral, and spiritual significance, she carries her readers beyond the pornographic into the cathartic.

Footbinding in Chinese Erotica.

What compelled mothers to beautu the feet of their young daughters, forcing the girls to walk about on their doubled-over limbs to achieve the breakage of bones requisite for three-inch feet?

I didn’t know much about the practice of foot-binding; this is a well-researched history of foot-binding. Jun 13, Catherine Siemann rated it liked it. May 27, Jason Poulter rated it did not like it. Footninding Ping awakens empathy and wonder, and helps us see that we are all kindred in spite of our extraordinary and precious differences.

This turned out to be a doctoral dissertation. U of Minnesota Press- History – pages. Footbinding and the Cult of.

Trivia About Aching for Beauty I only got through the first chapter before bringing it brauty to the library. If you grow up with bound feet thinking this is how it is supposed to be and suffer for it, and all of a sudden everything you believed in is taken away – that must be incredibly painful psychologically, not to forget that walking without those shoes must be physically painful as hell.


After becoming obsessed with Geisha, I figured I would learn more about other Asian cultures and their traditions, such as the Chinese tradition of foot-binding. Wang Ping looks to language and literature in examining the deep cultural and power structures involved in this fog tradition. Born in Shanghai and grew up in the East China Sea. What compelled mothers to bind the feet of their young daughters, forcing the girls to walk about on fooybinding limbs to achieve the breakage of bones requisite for three-inch feet?

Wang Ping has succeeded triumphantly in this kn and engaging book. Betty rated it really liked it Jun 21, Female Bonding and Writing pp.

Lists with This Book. Ping analyzes erotic literature in order to better understand the stereotypical views that men held of women and the practice of footbinding.

She seems to not re The factual information is interesting, when you can find it. I expected to read a book on foot binding, and there was very little about that subject in this book. Recommended for anyone interested in Chinese history and culture. To ask other readers questions about Aching for Beautyplease sign up.

I am still interested in this practice and would like to read more. This book was rather high-level philosophy, some parts becoming too much of a disertation comparing it’s content to other chinese writers.