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Yun Yu: An Essay on Eroticism and Love in Ancient China Hardcover – Import, 1970


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Nagel Publishers; First edition (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0284391956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0284391957
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,077,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 14, 2006
Yun Yu literally translates as "clouds and rain," a traditional and literary allusion to women's and men's sexuality. This book presents a fine collection of 16th-19th century erotic art, interspersing an informative essay on the several roles of sex in traditional Chinese culture.

Given at least 4000 years of written history, plus a large population covering wide and varied geography, there have been many roles and they've changed in many ways. The "Plain Girl" or "Simple Girl" represents one end of that range, firmly rooted in Taoist alchemy and pre-scientific medicine. Confucian formality addresses sex repressively, even proscribing excessive familiarity between husband and wife. And of course, when wealthy rulers had no one to answer to, they explored excesses the equal of any others in world history. Ãtiemble's essay is too short to detail the whole of China's historical attitudes towards sex, but gives an interesting and readable survey. That essay, however, is oddly independent of the book's many illustrations.

The artwork here dates largely from the 17th and 18th centuries, with a few earlier and later samples. This narrow slice of the China's lengthy history is all that remains after purges in puritanic eras. The artwork cover a wide range of artistic styles, but a few common elements stand out. In all of them, the spirit is gentle and consensual, and sometimes warmly humorous - a stark contrast to modern pornography. Most pictures also emphasize rich clothes and environments around the central players. Within that range, though, they depict a full range of practices: genital kissing and caresses, mixed- and same-sex coupling, and activities alone, in pairs, and in groups.

The quality of reproduction varies widely, however.
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The illustrations are gorgeous and erotic. A few can easily be removed for framing. There are many many illustrations. Almost every page.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 24, 2006
Yun Yu literally translates as "clouds and rain," a traditional and literary allusion to women's and men's sexuality. This book presents a fine collection of 16th-19th century erotic art, interspersing an informative essay on the several roles of sex in traditional Chinese culture.

Given at least 4000 years of written history, plus a large population covering wide and varied geography, there have been many roles and they've changed in many ways. The "Plain Girl" or "Simple Girl" represents one end of that range, firmly rooted in Taoist alchemy and pre-scientific medicine. Confucian formality addresses sex repressively, even proscribing excessive familiarity between husband and wife. And of course, when wealthy rulers had no one to answer to, they explored excesses the equal of any others in world history. Étiemble's essay is too short to detail the whole of China's historical attitudes towards sex, but gives an interesting and readable survey. That essay, however, is oddly independent of the book's many illustrations.

The artwork here dates largely from the 17th and 18th centuries, with a few earlier and later samples. This narrow slice of the China's lengthy history is all that remains after purges in puritanic eras. The artwork cover a wide range of artistic styles, but a few common elements stand out. In all of them, the spirit is gentle and consensual, and sometimes warmly humorous - a stark contrast to modern pornography. Most pictures also emphasize rich clothes and environments around the central players. Within that range, though, they depict a full range of practices: genital kissing and caresses, mixed- and same-sex coupling, and activities alone, in pairs, and in groups.

The quality of reproduction varies widely, however.
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