[Msa-discuss] Embroidery in Modernist Works

Thaggert, Miriam miriam-thaggert at uiowa.edu
Tue Jun 26 18:33:13 EDT 2012


Nella Larsen, Passing:


"And for a swift moment, Irene Redfield seemed to see a pale small girl sitting on a ragged blue sofa, sewing pieces of bright red cloth together..."


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Alice Dunbar-Nelson's poem "I Sit and Sew" (1920)

Tillie Olsen, "I Want You Women Up North to Know" (1934)--where the "sewing" is done in garment factories by exploited Chicanas.

Alan Golding





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The reference to Cold Comfort Farm reminded me of the "Jury of Her Peers" story by Susan Glaspell, in which evidence of the wife's murder of the husband is hidden in the woman's sewing basket.

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On 2012-06-26, at 1:20 PM, Faye Hammill wrote:

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.

- Cold Comfort Farm

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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




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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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Sewing:
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
Levinsky
"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




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I would check out Edith Wharton's The Decoration of Houses. Marjorie Allen Seiffert's "Love Poems in Autumn" talks about various textiles and decorations for the modern home, but I can't remember if embroidery is mentioned. Poet and artist Marguerite Zorach began making tapestries, rather than painting in oils, after she had children to care for.

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From: <Chapman>, Mary <Mary.Chapman at ubc.ca<mailto:Mary.Chapman at ubc.ca>>
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Sui Sin Far has several stories where women earn their livings by doing embroidery in the home, i.e. "White Woman Who Married a Chinese".

Mary Chapman
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On 2012-06-26, at 12:47 PM, Jim Bloom wrote:

Sewing:
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 Levinsky
"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 ofEnglish/American Studies
Muhlenberg College Allentown PA 18104-5586
484-664-3317/FAX 3633bloom at muhlenberg.edu<mailto:bloom at muhlenberg.edu>
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Hollywood-Intellect/424406680088?ref=ts
http://www.muhlenberg.edu/depts/english/faculty.html#bloom
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Henry James's New York Edition prefaces repeatedly employ embroidery images/metaphors to talk about the novelist's art.  David

On 6/26/2012 1:32 PM, Jennifer Williams wrote:
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




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