Framing the Bride: Globalizing Beauty and Romance in Taiwan's Bridal Industry / Edition 1 available in Paperback
An absorbing consideration of contemporary bridal practices in Taiwan, Framing the Bride shows how the lavish photographs represent more than mere conspicuous consumption. They are artifacts infused with cultural meaning and emotional significance, products of the gender- and generation-based conflicts in Taiwan's hybrid system of modern matrimony. From the wedding photographs, the book opens out into broader issues such as courtship, marriage, kinship, globalization, and the meaning of the "West" and "Western" cultural images of beauty. Bonnie Adrian argues that in compiling enormous bridal albums full of photographs of brides and grooms in varieties of finery, posed in different places exuding romance, Taiwanese brides engage in a new rite of passage--one that challenges the terms of marriage set out in conventional wedding rites.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Bonnie Adrian is Social Sciences Core Lecturer at the University of Denver.
Table of ContentsList of Illustrations
1. How Can This Be? Ethnographic Contexts and History
2. Fantasy for Sale: The Modern Bridal Industry
3. Inner and Outer Worlds in Changing Taipei
4. Family Wedding Rites and Banquets
5. Making Up the Bride
6. Romance in the Photo Studio
7. Contextualizing Bridal Photos in Taiwan's Visual Culture
8. The Context of Looking: What Taipei Viewers See