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The Subversive Stitch


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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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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. This book also discusses the contradictory nature of women's experience of embroidery.

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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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