[Msa-discuss] Embroidery in Modernist Works

Faye Hammill faye.hammill at strath.ac.uk
Tue Jun 26 16:20:26 EDT 2012

Dear Jennifer,
I can't help mentioning this, though it's not precisely 'modernist':

'What's that you're making?' he asked. Flora knew that he hoped it was a pair of knickers. She composedly shook out the folds of the petticoat and replied that it was an afternoon tea-cloth.
'Ay ... woman's nonsense', said Seth, softly. 'Women are all alike - aye fussin' over their fal-lals and bedazin' a man's eyes, when all they really want is man's blood and his heart out of his body and his soul and his pride...'.
'Really?' said Flora, looking in her work-box for her scissors.

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1. Embroidery in Modernist Works (Jennifer Williams)
2. Re: Embroidery in Modernist Works (Jenkins, Lee)
3. Re: Embroidery in Modernist Works (David McWhirter)
4. Re: Embroidery in Modernist Works (Jim Bloom)


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Dear All,

I'm trying to work through an idea about embroidery and sewing in the works of modernist writers. I honestly don't know if this is a broad question or not, but does anyone know of works that include references to or scenes of embroidery and sewing?

Thanks very much,


Jennifer Hardy Williams

Asst. Professor of English
Calvin College
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Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Willa Cather's The Professor's House, with its dresssmaker's "forms" and analogues between the novel and the Bayeux Tapestry; and what Nancy Miller calls the "tropology of the loom" and Susan Stanford Friedman "Penelope's web" in H.D.? Also the weaving of the ceremonial serapes in D.H. Lawrence's The Plumed Serpent (and his short story "The Thimble")?

Dr. Lee M. Jenkins

Senior Lecturer in Modern English

School of English

University College Cork



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Henry James's New York Edition prefaces repeatedly employ embroidery
images/metaphors to talk about the novelist's art. David

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In House MIrth Lilly Bart has to learn how to sew and Mattie sews for
a couple of pages in Ethan Frome.
Lots of sewing in Abraham Cahan's 1917 novel The Rise of David
"There had been cooking
and sewing and sweeping and the deep dream of sleeping grey skies in
winter. Always it had been like that and she had been happy." Long
Black Song"" by Richard Wright

James D. Bloom
Professor of English/American Studies
Muhlenberg College Allentown PA 18104-5586
484-664-3317/FAX 3633 bloom at muhlenberg.edu

*the difference is spreading* *Gertrude Stein

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