CHINESE FOOTBINDING by Howard S. Levy

CHINESE FOOTBINDING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

With a very brief foreword by Arthur Waley, and an introduction by Wolfram Eberhard of the University of California, this is a history of probably the most singular way in which women made themselves attractive to men. The custom, also very much a part of the faintly fetishistic sexual psychology of the Chinese, lasted 1000 years from the T'ang dynasty to the beginning of the 20th century. It was symbolic of the subjection of woman and synonomous with a desirable grace and gentility. All of this is established, along with the curiosities and aberrant practices attached to it. Occasional poems, essays, and direct first person accounts amplify, and diagrams and photographs-- more than 100-- illustrate. Appendix, notes, bibliography. The book has much of the esotericerotic fascination of the convention.

Publisher: Twayne-Walton Rawls