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

Sewing as Metaphor for Writing: Emily's Dickinson's "Don't Put Up My Thread and Needle"

August 13, 2018

Tags: Emily Dickinson, Dotted Dot, Sewing as metaphor, Joanne E. Gates

Women writers have used metaphors of sewing and embroidery to represent creativity in all forms. Alice Walkerís "In Search of Our Motherís Gardens" is one popular example. When I teach the labyrinth of Lady Mary Wroth's Crowne of Sonnets, I remember a fellow student in a Princeton seminar joking that Wroth may have "cross stitched" her second part of Urania after the published first part it was summarily withdrawn from circulation. (It borrowed fictional characters from real people at court. Where would scholarship on Wroth be, without the dedication of Josephine Roberts and her associates who finished the work of publishing Part Two?) (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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