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FROM TEXT TO TEXTILE

3:00pm-4:00pm on Thursday 31 March

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Little Hall, Sidgwick Site, Sidgwick Ave, CB3 9DA

Dr Emily Price and Dr Sura Qadiri discuss their experience of designing and making a hand-crafted garment inspired by a combination of their research interests in medieval and contemporary French literatures.

Like so many others around the world, Emily Price and Sura Qadiri turned to needlecrafts for solace and pleasure during lockdown. Using their newly-honed sewing and embroidery skills and combining these with their respective research interests in medieval and contemporary French and francophone literatures, they have worked to produce a ‘world book day’ costume, possibly like no other!

The green garment is inspired in part by contemporary French writer Marie NDiaye’s experimental text Self Portrait in Green which, rather unusually for a self-portrait, features a narrator who focuses little on presenting herself and instead tells the stories of people around her. This begs the question of what it means to write about oneself, and whether writing about what one sees when one looks out into the world ultimately constitutes an intimate glimpse into the workings of one’s mind. The colour green is used by the narrator to create a mysterious category that helps her make sense of the behaviour of others.

The garment will be equally inspired by the late 12th century lyric poem the Chansons de toile, which features women who weave and sew as they sing about their experiences, drawing parallels between the acts of making and narrating, and raising questions about the impact of the one on the other. Creating the garment allows Emily and Sura to ask some research questions about the relationship between the textual and the material, and to engage with recent ideas on integrating creative practice with academic research.

Emily Kate Price is Lecturer in French at Robinson College, where she teaches and researches on medieval literature and culture. She arrived in Cambridge in 2018 after completing her PhD at New York University. Broadly framed, Emily’s research asks how literature in its many forms helps us to live.

Sura Qadiri is Assistant Professor in French at St Catharine’s College, and has previously taught at UCL and Oxford. She has a special interest in postcolonial francophone literature from North Africa, the Middle East, and also in contemporary French literature that explores the theme of social diversity.

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Age: All Ages
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Theme: Society
Accessibility: Full access
Image copyright: Loránd Zubriczky (1869-1948)

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