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Title: Obsession, Guilt, Subterfuge and Penury: The Rhetoric of Addiction and the Construction of Creative Identity in Australian Quilters' Magazines
Contributor(s): Williamson, Rosemary Ann  (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: Quilt-making has enjoyed great popularity in Australia, as in other countries, since a resurgence of interest in the craft in the 1970s, Specialised quilters' magazines emerged and proliferated in Australia from the late I 980s. While some of the magazines are mainly instructional. others feature editorials and other content. including profiles of quilt-makers, that emphasise the benefits of quilt-making to individuals and to communities. The article explores the ways in which quilters' magazines integrate a rhetoric of addiction in their construction of the identity of "the quilter," a ploy seemingly at odds with the overall positive and promotional tone of the magazines. Drawing on two prominent Australian quilters' magazines (Down Under Quilts and Quilters Companion) over a five-year period. the article demonstrates that the concept of addiction is exploited within the magazines 10 reinforce the quilter's creative drive. her communal belonging and her vocation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The International Journal of the Humanities, 5(11), p. 163-170
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Place of Publication: Altona, Vic, Australia
ISSN: 1447-9508
Field of Research (FOR): 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950204 The Media
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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