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By Cho Kyo,Kyoko Iriye Selden

ISBN-10: 1442218932

ISBN-13: 9781442218932

While a slim physique is a prerequisite for attractiveness this present day, plump ladies have been thought of excellent in Tang Dynasty China and Heian-period Japan. beginning round the Southern track interval in China, certain ft symbolized the reputation of girls. yet in Japan, shaved eyebrows and blackened the teeth lengthy have been markers of loveliness.

For centuries, eastern tradition was once profoundly formed through China, yet in complicated ways in which are just now changing into obvious. during this first complete comparative background of the topic, Cho Kyo explores altering criteria of female attractiveness in China and Japan during the last millennia. Drawing on a wealthy array of literary and creative resources collected over a decade of analysis, he considers which chinese language representations have been rejected or authorised and remodeled in Japan. He then lines the advent of Western aesthetics into Japan beginning within the Meiji period, resulting in slowly constructing yet radical alterations in representations of attractiveness. via fiction, poetry, artwork, ads, and pictures, the writer vividly demonstrates how standards of attractiveness fluctuate enormously via period and tradition and the way aesthetic feel replaced during prolonged cultural differences that have been motivated through either China and the West.

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