The Subversive Stitch

The Subversive Stitch : Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine

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Rozsika Parker's re-evaluation of the reciprocal relationship between women and embroidery has brought stitchery out from the private world of female domesticity into the fine arts, created a major breakthrough in art history and criticism, and fostered the emergence of today's dynamic and expanding crafts movements.

The Subversive Stitch is now available again with a new Introduction that brings the book up to date with exploration of the stitched art of Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, as well as the work of new young female and male embroiderers. Rozsika Parker uses household accounts, women's magazines, letters, novels and the works of art themselves to trace through history how the separation of the craft of embroidery from the fine arts came to be a major force in the marginalisation of women's work. Beautifully illustrated, her book also discusses the contradictory nature of women's experience of embroidery: how it has inculcated female subservience while providing an immensely pleasurable source of creativity, forging links between women.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 580g
  • BLOOMSBURY VISUAL ARTS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 102 bw integrated
  • 1350132292
  • 9781350132290
  • 71,050

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 2009
1 The Creation of Femininity
2 Eternalising the Feminine
3 Fertility, Chastity and Power
4 The Domestication of Embroidery
5 The Inculcation of Femininity
6 From Milkmaids to Mothers
7 Femininity as Feeling
8 A Naturally Revolutionary Art?
Notes to chapters
Bibliography
Glossary
Index
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About Rozsika Parker

Rozsika Parker (1945-2010) published widely in Art History and Psychoanalysis. The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine first appeared in 1984. Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence was published in 1995. She and Griselda Pollock together wrote Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology (1981) and edited Feminism: Art and the Women's Movement 1970-1985 (1987).
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