Bridging Arts

Monday, 16 May 2011

Embroidery as self defence

Wuthering Heights, Catherine and Heathcliff - and embroidery.... following thoughts on the film, read in The Subversive Stitch (Rozsika Parker) that Charlotte Bronte (sister of Emily, author of Wuthering Heights)
"... deliberately reveals the curious contradictions in femininity through embroidery. In her work, embroidery, and thus femininity, emerge as both self denial and self defence, as a means of establishing an inviolate female space and announcing female subservience and availability."
Interesting! As pictured below.... Heathcliff (right) bursts into the living room. Cathy's embroidery/tapestry is between him and the feckless Mr Linton (her husband) standing behind her.