Wendy Parkins

in Jane Morris

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780748641277
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748684403 | DOI:

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From contemporary observations in the nineteenth century to the scholarly and biographical traditions surrounding Morris and Rossetti in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Jane Morris’s role in the home is only fleetingly glimpsed. The connotation of immobility attached to the artist’s model, not to mention the strong association between Jane Morris and the ‘lady on the sofa’ myth, has meant that her domestic labour and creative collaborations at home have too often been overlooked. This chapter considers the textual record of Jane Morris as mother, friend and craftswoman, and the importance of the home as a site of creativity, hospitality and intimacy in her life. Particular emphasis is given to her embroidery and book design and decoration. In short, this chapter develops one of the central aims of this book: namely, to recognise and reclaim the different forms of agency exercised by Jane Morris.

Keywords: Domesticity; Gender; Friendship; Arts & Crafts; Embroidery; Red House; Kelmscott Manor

Chapter.  14149 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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