Joanne Gates

Dropped Stitches and Dotted Dots: Writer's Blog by Joanne E. Gates

Detail of Lillian T. Jenkins Red and White Quilt, circa 1953. The quilt was featured in a Jacksonville AL heirloom quilt show and is in the family of her grandson, my husband.

Maxine Halligan's quilt of 1992.

Dropped Stitches and Dotted Dots: Writer's Blog by Joanne E. Gates

Stitches in a Critical Time: Revisiting an Early Publication on Elizabeth Robins

August 6, 2018

Tags: Elizabeth Robins, Writing and Sewing, Diary

Today, August 6, 2018, is the 156th birthday of Elizabeth Robins! More than any other writing project, she defines my writing and academic life. Now, with the paperback edition of her biography forthcoming, I want to renew some unfinished or under circulated projects. I plan to explore the possibility of fictionalizing the life of Robins, as well as collecting my academic presentations into a volume. At the same time, there will be other topics and projects that find their way here. I will be explaining the richer context of stitching and the "dotted dot" (from a poem by Emily Dickinson) as metaphors for women who write. In my early years, I did not participate fully in the sewing groups that are primarily matrilineal. Perhaps I am making up for that with my passion for photographing quilts, even using the internet to teach myself knitting. Here is an early recognition of Robins as writer and activist. (more…)

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Selected Works

Books on Elizabeth Robins
Publishing in journals and with academic presses.
Contains a chronology of Robins' life.
Elizabeth Robins' play Votes for Women is the contribution from Britain to this international anthology.
Shakespeare Publications
Early Modern Literary Studies
Edward III, Two Noble Kinsmen, and Double Falsehood
Published in Comstock Review

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