Yonris Chinese Women and Rural Development: Aching for Beauty is one of the most stimulating and exciting books I have read in a long, long time-a work of cultural criticism and comparative study at its best. 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. However toward the middle I felt as if on author was meandering when it came to the main thesis, as it were. As for when she contradicts herself about the aesthetic ofotbinding of footbinding, footbinding as something to separate the sexes, etc. She argues her point very successfully and does so in a way that is personal by including her own life experiences. Written in an elegant and powerful style, and filled with personal and intriguing insights, Bauty for Beauty builds bridges from past to present, East to West, history to literature, imagination to reality.
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I still enjoyed it. This book was a pleasure to read until the ridiculously long chapter on psychoanalysis. Then it was like pulling teeth. Full disclosure: I do not like psychoanalysis. May 27, Jason Poulter rated it did not like it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. She begins with a preface in which she describes her personal experience with footbinding. As a nine-year old girl in , Ping had tried to bind her feet to be like her grandmothers. She then describes an experience twenty years later in , while at a friends apartment in the Book Review: Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China, by Wang Ping In her provocative book, Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China, author Wang Ping attempts to tackle the deeper meanings behind footbinding in China.
Ping analyzes erotic literature in order to better understand the stereotypical views that men held of women and the practice of footbinding. She searches through poetry and other literature to find signs of footbinding or reactions of women to footbinding and their place in China. At times I was disturbed by the images of pain that were described but these images greatly illustrated the authors arguments.
The pictures included further demonstrate the practice. At times I feel the author may have read more into the practice than I would have but her conclusions are not outlandish. She argues her point very successfully and does so in a way that is personal by including her own life experiences. Aching for Beauty serves as a great resource on the practice of footbinding in China in which Ping articulately explains the subject.
Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China