Craftivism and Cottonian Bindings: “The Handiwork of Greta Hall”

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Abstract

Edith Southey, Edith May Southey, and Sara Coleridge Jr. covered Robert Southey’s books in vibrantly printed dress fabrics, creating a collection which came to be called the ‘Cottonian Library’. This article is a manifesto for Cottonian bookbinding to be studied as feminist literary activism. It argues for the importance of looking beyond the book trades to the domestic and unremunerated ways in which women contributed to Romantic period book design, suggesting that the new feminist Craftivism can prompt us to historicize and to acknowledge the significance of Cottonian bookbinding as a practice which cannot be omitted from any history of women and the book.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCriticism
Volume64
Issue number4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Sep 2022

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