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Jane MorrisThe Burden of History$
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Wendy Parkins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641277

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641277.001.0001

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(p.143) Chapter 5 Home
Jane Morris

Wendy Parkins

Edinburgh University Press

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

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