The Signifying Stitch Quilting in African-American Women's Writing

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2014-01-15
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Miyahara, Lani
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Long considered simply a craft, or women's work, quilting has never received as much attention as it has in the late twentieth century. In contrast to the past, when quilting was rarely considered art--and, if it was, it was usually called a "practical" form of women's art (Wagner­ Martin 6)--quilting has reached a new status in the art world. Women everywhere are rediscovering the hidden heritage of quilting in many ways and forms. While quilting itself can be an act of love, expression, and creation, contemporary African-American women writers have found that quilting can also be an inspiration. Alice Walker, Faith Ringgold, Toni Morrison, and Gloria Naylor are some contemporary women writers who use the quilt as a literary or artistic metaphor.
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