Splendid slippers : a thousand years of an erotic tradition

by Beverley Jackson

Paper Book, 1997




Berkeley, Calif. : Ten Speed Press, 1997.


An extraordinary exploration of footbinding that encompasses Chinese art and mythology, social and political history, and truly exotic eroticism. The author's vast collection of historical and contemporary photographs, plus 40 full-color "portraits" of her most prized slippers, creates a uniquely poignant and evocative panorama.

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LibraryThing member MarthaHuntley
This book is fascinating and lovely in its photography, introducing to us Westerners an art born from human custom and pain, that was practiced by millions of women, an accompaniment and almost a counter balance to the barbaric practice of footbinding in China.


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