Intertextual Textiles: Parodies and Quotations in Cloth

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The exploration here serves as an introduction to the special issue on Intertextual Textiles: Parodies and Quotations in Cloth. The author explores ways in which strategies of quotation and parodying–a popular strategy in postmodernism–have extended to artworks including fabric and involving needle and thread. Revealing that works in cloth may be especially amenable to approaches that trouble traditionalist understandings that a work of art might stem from the unique vision of a single author, it is suggested also that textile arts have often been conceived as a nexus for enabling activist and public involvement in artmaking. Sometimes addressing a politics of race, parodies in fabric–that is, in a medium often denigrated as trivial and associated disparagingly with domestic contexts–have also frequently served as a way of coupling a feminist critique of patriarchal norms in society with those underpinning representation itself. The author refers to works by Miriam Schapiro, Faith Ringgold, Kate Walker and Elaine Reichek. While making mention of reworkings of the Bayeux Tapestry as examples of quotations in cloth involving collective work, she focuses attention on Magna Carta (An Embroidery) by Cornelia Parker as an example of a recent parody involving many people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-343
Number of pages8
JournalTextile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017


  • Magna Carta (An Embroidery)
  • feminism
  • intertextual
  • parody
  • quotation
  • textile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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