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ISBN:
0520232844
Author:
Dorothy Ko
Category:
Humanities
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of California Press; First edition (November 5, 2001)
Pages:
200 pages
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1418 kb
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1123 kb
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Rating:
4.2
Votes:
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In Every Step a Lotus, Dorothy Ko embarks on a fascinating exploration of the practice of footbinding in. .She uses women's own voices to reconstruct the inner chambers of a Chinese house where women with bound feet lived and worked.

In Every Step a Lotus, Dorothy Ko embarks on a fascinating exploration of the practice of footbinding in China, explaining its origins, purpose, and spread before the nineteenth century.

In Every Step a Lotus, Dorothy Ko embarks on a fascinating exploration of.By Dorothy Ko. [Berkeley: University of California Press and the Bata Shoe Museum, 2001. Readers will come away from the book with a richer understanding of why footbinding carries such force as a symbol and why, long after its demise, it continues to exercise a powerful grip on our imaginations. A Copublication with the Bata Shoe Museum.

In Every Step a Lotus, Dorothy Ko embarks on a fascinating exploration of the practice of footbinding in China, explaining . This is another visually lovely book. I really enjoyed the breakdown and historical information presented. Very good resource for pics and data.

In Every Step a Lotus, Dorothy Ko embarks on a fascinating exploration of the practice of footbinding in China, explaining its origins, purpose, and spread before.

In "Every Step a Lotus", Dorothy Ko embarks on a fascinating exploration of the practice of footbinding in China, explaining its origins, purpose, and spread before the nineteenth century. Her absorbing, superbly detailed, and beautifully written book demonstrates that in the women's eyes, footbinding had less to do with the exotic or the sublime than with the mundane business of having to live in a woman's body in a man's world. Every Step a Lotus includes almost one hundred illustrations of shoes from different regions of China, material paraphernalia associated with the customs and rituals of footbinding, and historical images that contextualize the narrative.

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162 p. orothy Ko, Every Step a Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet California, 2001. Lotus shoes simplified Chinese: traditional Chinese: pinyin: lianl are. All students must come prepared and contribute actively to every session of this fast. Ko, Dorothy 2001, Every Step a Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet, Berkeley. foot-binding, dowry and bride-price systems, forced virginity tests, genital mutilation, honour killings and.

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Every Step a Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet (University of California Press, 2001) and. Cinderella’s Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding (University of California Press, 2005). This book is awarded the Joan Kelley Memorial prize from the American Historical Association for the best book on women's history or feminist theory published in the year.

Dorothy Ko, Professor of History at Barnard College in New York, was asked by Sonja Bata, chairman of the Bata Shoe Foundation, to write this book and curate an exhibition of 'lotus shoes' for bound feet. The book is the catalogue for that exhibition, and the shoes are abundantly and splendidly photographed. In her introduction, Sonja Bata, a member of one of the world's leading shoe- producing families, refers to the tiny shoes as 'mysterious and magical, expressing the pride of women's artisanship'

In Every Step a Lotus, Dorothy Ko embarks on a fascinating exploration of the practice of footbinding in China, explaining its origins, purpose, and spread before the nineteenth century. She uses women's own voices to reconstruct the inner chambers of a Chinese house where women with bound feet lived and worked. Focusing on the material aspects of footbinding and shoemaking--the tools needed, the procedures, the wealth of symbolism in the shoes, and the amazing regional variations in style--she contends that footbinding was a reasonable course of action for a woman who lived in a Confucian culture that placed the highest moral value on domesticity, motherhood, and handwork. Her absorbing, superbly detailed, and beautifully written book demonstrates that in the women's eyes, footbinding had less to do with the exotic or the sublime than with the mundane business of having to live in a woman's body in a man's world.Footbinding was likely to have started in the tenth century among palace dancers. Ironically, it was meant not to cripple but to enhance their grace. Its meaning shifted dramatically as it became domesticated in the subsequent centuries, though the original hint of sensuality did not entirely disappear. This contradictory image of footbinding as at once degenerate and virtuous, grotesque and refined, is embodied in the key symbol for the practice--the lotus blossom, being both a Buddhist sign of piety and a poetic allusion to sensory pleasures.Every Step a Lotus includes almost one hundred illustrations of shoes from different regions of China, material paraphernalia associated with the customs and rituals of footbinding, and historical images that contextualize the narrative. Most of the shoes, from the collection of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, have not been exhibited before. Readers will come away from the book with a richer understanding of why footbinding carries such force as a symbol and why, long after its demise, it continues to exercise a powerful grip on our imaginations. A Copublication with the Bata Shoe Museum
  • Dorilune
For anyone interested in Chinese culture and its past, this is one of the best books I have seen to introduce the reader to the subject of Bound Feet. The idea of foot-binding was an erotic, as well as economic one, and this book not only explains why the binding was done but also how, in some detail. The photos of shoes that were produced to be worn by the women who were subjected to his practice are excellent and the book, as a whole, is most interesting. Please note - this is not an in-depth study of the subject of foot-binding; rather the major amount of detail is in regard to the shoes.

For a more detailed look at foot-binding as a custom, please go to your favorite search engine and pull up Chinese Foot Binding.

(The author of this review is an author herself, as well as a professional photographer, and has been interested, in depth, in Chinese culture for over 40 years).
  • Topmen
Had to get this book for a college course, but it's pretty neat. Love the pictures and the history! Very detailed.
  • Anarahuginn
Beautiful photographs and ineresting materiial about this mysterious Chinese tradition.
  • Gardall
A bit to rambling, however the best yet on the subject. One to buy and keep for the photos and the collections.
  • elegant stranger
This book was not what I had hoped. I had hoped for much more history. I got more information about the shoes.
  • Laizel
good
  • Otiel
Excellent.
The photography is crisp and clear and the text is well written. The author delves into the history of footbinding, and the history of the shoes and the meanings of the embroidery. She brings cultural artifacts like shoes to life.
It is a well written book about a fascinating topic.