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 | 566.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 102 bw integrated
  • 1848852835
  • 9781848852839
  • 36,331

Table of contents

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
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'A book wonderfully rich, not only in information, but in people and ideas.' - Guardian; 'A marvellously written and illustrated book.' - Times Educational Supplement; 'The sheer range and scope of the project proves both the great strength and fascination of the book.' - Design History Society
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About Rozsika Parker

Rozsika Parker has published widely in Art History and Psychoanalysis. Her books include 'Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology' and 'Framing Feminism: Art and the Women's Movement 1970-1985' (both written with Griselda Pollock) and 'Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence'. Her latest book is 'The Anxious Gardener'. She now practices as a psychotherapist in London.
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196 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 35% (68)
4 46% (90)
3 16% (32)
2 3% (5)
1 1% (1)
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