Defense Date

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Catherine Ingrassia

Second Advisor

Rivka Swenson

Third Advisor

Mary Caton Lingold

Fourth Advisor

Carolyn Eastman

Abstract

This thesis attends to the appearance of needlework within early eighteenth-century British women's writing. The central goal of this work is to complicate the seemingly oppositional relationship between the needle and the quill, as applied to women surrendering needlework for written work. Popular representations of needlework within early novels demonstrate an elision between text and textile. Further, both female-authored work and the lack of surviving embroideries elucidate the ephemerality of what is broadly defined as "Women's Work." I focus on texts between 1700-1750, however the material examples of embroidery were created as early as 1570. This timeline helps illuminate the tradition of needlework in which women workers interact. In addition to gender, this thesis scrutinizes the impact of class- and cultural-others within the nascent British imperialistic patriarchal marketplace.

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Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-7-2019

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