- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (December 17, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520253906
- ISBN-13: 978-0520253902
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cinderella's Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding First Edition
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"Cinderella's Sister's is the long-awaited, definitive work on Chinese footbinding in English.The work also plugs into current concerns with the history of the body and of fashion. But it also does much more: at every turn it tells us something new about late imperial and republican-era Chinese society and history. It is remarkably rich in fascinating detail. A great read."―William T. Rowe, author of Saving the World: Chen Hongmou and Elite Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century China
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"Dorothy Ko's daring in taking on the difficult subject of footbinding has resulted in a tour-de-force. In "Cinderella's Sisters she rises above nationalist, feminist, and Orientalist polemic to place footbinding clearly in the domain of the history of fashion. Her ingenious narrative strategy--putting the modern story of foobinding's disappearance at the beginning--sets up her historical account of its premodern heyday as a story of concealment--of hidden sources, hidden bodies, and hidden meanings. As illusion, footbinding reveals women's sisterhood in responses to being objects of desire."--Charlotte Furth, author of "A Flourishing Yin: Gender in China's Medical History: 960-1665
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It is also organized from "more recent" to "further past" so each chapter has you going backward in time. it takes a bit of getting used to.
That said? primary source documentations are cited, lots of references i could never have found otherwise, and pretty accurate translations (and notations where the translation is unsure). IF you are looking for this kind of information.. this is your book
otherwise? if you want lots of color pictures, and embroidery close ups, and a bit of the history, you will find Splendid Slippers: A Thousand Years of an Erotic Tradition more to your taste.
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