Making Connections: The Uses and Meanings of Needle Arts in <em>The Color Purple </em> and <em>The Mountain and the Valley </em>

  • Sheila Kusalik Dalhousie University


In this article, the author examines the symbolic use of colour and cloth within two novels, The Color Purple and The Mountain and the Valley. By comparing the quilting and rug-hooking activities of the characters within these works, she explores the emancipatory aspects of women's needle work. Furthermore, she examines the authors' differing subjectivities of gender, race and culture by contrasting their approaches in documenting the relationship between women and their fibre arts.
1992 National Student Competition