MH: Women's Work

WOMEN'S WORK: THE HISTORY OF EUROPEAN AND CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES In European history, textile arts came to be uniquely associated with notions of femininity. What accounts for this correlation and how has it influenced the historical understanding of weaving, quilting, and embroidery as art forms? Through lectures, readings, discussions, research, and writing, this course examines the textile arts of Europe, colonial American, and contemporary culture with a special focus on gender ideologies, modes of production, and the shifting status of textiles. Topics include prehistoric textiles, the role of spinning in Greek sexual politics, tapestry weaving and its aesthetic influence, embroidery and the creation of the feminine, the role of textile production in the Industrial Revolution, the reclamation of hand processes during the Arts and Crafts movement, European American and African American quilt making, the Bauhaus, the 20th century fiber arts revival, and contemporary textile art practices.