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作者 Douah, Remi Kouessi-Tanoh
書名 In her own words: Uncovering a life experience woven into the African American quiltmaking tradition
國際標準書號 9780542813283
book jacket
說明 150 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-08, Section: A, page: 2793
Advisers: Gloria Williams; Joanne Eicher
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Minnesota, 2006
The purpose of this study is to conduct qualitative research using a phenomenological method to examine the significance of quiltmaking in the life of Mrs. Wilma Gary, an African American who has been quilting for the past forty-seven years in Minnesota. Phenomenological method as a primary research method was used in this study to create a structure whereby Mrs. Gary spoke about her own life experience in her own words
Data in this study were collected via in-depth interviews with Mrs. Gary. This approach gave me the chance to collect data that are open-ended in order to find out what Mrs. Gary's life, experiences, and interaction with African American quilting means to her. Additional data were obtained from general literature dealing with African American history, African American quiltmaking, and black women's historiography. Archives from the Minnesota Historical Society were also a source of data
Furthermore, a physical analysis of Mrs. Gary's quilts set the stage to discuss and compare her work in relation to quilt scholars' perspectives with respect to African American quiltmaking traditions. Thus, issues of the Climbing Jacob's Ladder quilt and its relevance to the Underground Railroad, strip quiltmaking and its affinity with West African weaving traditions, and improvisation in African American quiltmaking were explored. Finally, this study develops a framework to give credence to the work of ordinary African American women quilters whose views may differ from those of academicians. Because this research ventures into a new field of investigation in the state of Minnesota among African American women, it is my hope that ongoing scholarship in that field will challenge and enrich this study
School code: 0130
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-08A
主題 Biography
Black Studies
Design and Decorative Arts
Alt Author University of Minnesota
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