By: Judy Elsley
This paper addresses some of the differences existing between independent and academic quilt scholars, disagreements that prevent the two groups from working congenially together.
The author examines the contention that some disciplinary approaches are more appropriate to quilt studies than others. She shows that academics’ theoretical training predisposes them to a different set of agendas and interests than quilt scholars more focused on material culture.
Approaching the topic through the perspective of literary criticism, the author sets out and discusses the differences through explications of Susan Glaspell’s one act play, Trifles, and Alice Walker’s short story, “Everyday Use.”