History and Material Culture

A Student's Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources
Author: Karen Harvey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135690952
Category: History
Page: 224
View: 4200
Sources are the raw material of history, but where the written word has traditionally been seen as the principal source, today historians are increasingly recognizing the value of sources beyond text. In History and Material Culture, Karen Harvey embarks upon a discussion about material culture – considering objects, often those found surrounding us in day to day life, as sources, which can help historians develop new interpretations and new knowledge about the past. Across ten chapters, different historians look at a variety of material sources from around the globe and across centuries to assess how such sources can be used to study history. While the sources are discussed from ‘interdisciplinary’ perspectives, each contributor examines how material culture can be approached from an historical viewpoint, and each chapter addresses its theme or approach in a way accessible to readers without expertise in the area. In her introduction, Karen Harvey discusses some of the key issues raised when historians use material culture, and suggests some basic steps for those new to these kinds of sources. Opening up the discipline of history to new approaches, and introducing those working in other disciplines to historical approaches, this book is the ideal introduction to the opportunities and challenges of researching material culture.

Cultural History and Material Culture

Everyday Life, Landscapes, Museums
Author: Thomas J. Schlereth
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813913964
Category: History
Page: 440
View: 5140
This profusely illustrated collection of essays, winner of the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize as the best folklore book of 1990, should engage anyone with an interest in how the humble devices and relics of everyday American life have influenced, and will continue to influence, our cultural history.

History from Things

Essays on Material Culture
Author: Stephen Lubar,David W. Kingery
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588343464
Category: Art
Page: 320
View: 7904
History from Things explores the many ways objects—defined broadly to range from Chippendale tables and Italian Renaissance pottery to seventeenth-century parks and a New England cemetery—can reconstruct and help reinterpret the past. Eighteen essays describe how to “read” artifacts, how to “listen to” landscapes and locations, and how to apply methods and theories to historical inquiry that have previously belonged solely to archaeologists, anthropologists, art historians, and conservation scientists. Spanning vast time periods, geographical locations, and academic disciplines, History from Things leaps the boundaries between fields that use material evidence to understand the past. The book expands and redirects the study of material culture—an emerging field now building a common base of theory and a shared intellectual agenda.

History and Its Objects

Antiquarianism and Material Culture since 1500
Author: Peter N. Miller
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501708236
Category: Art
Page: 312
View: 2990
Cultural history is increasingly informed by the history of material culture—the ways in which individuals or entire societies create and relate to objects both mundane and extraordinary—rather than on textual evidence alone. Books such as The Hare with Amber Eyes and A History of the World in 100 Objects indicate the growing popularity of this way of understanding the past. In History and Its Objects, Peter N. Miller uncovers the forgotten origins of our fascination with exploring the past through its artifacts by highlighting the role of antiquarianism—a pursuit ignored and derided by modem academic history—in grasping the significance of material culture. From the efforts of Renaissance antiquarians, who reconstructed life in the ancient world from coins, inscriptions, seals, and other detritus, to amateur historians in the nineteenth century working within burgeoning national traditions, Miller connects collecting—whether by individuals or institutions—to the professionalization of the historical profession, one which came to regard its progenitors with skepticism and disdain. The struggle to articulate the value of objects as historical evidence, then, lies at the heart both of academic history-writing and of the popular engagement with things. Ultimately, this book demonstrates that our current preoccupation with objects is far from novel and reflects a human need to reexperience the past as a physical presence.

Greater Khorasan

History, Geography, Archaeology and Material Culture
Author: Rocco Rante
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110390019
Category: History
Page: 318
View: 9832
Khorasan, “Lands of the East”, refers to the northeastern region of Iran. In the early Islamic period, the term “Khorasan” came to be used for a much larger area, reaching into Central Asia well beyond the Oxus river, encompassing large parts of northern Afghanistan, and even extending to southeastern Iran. This volume brings together state-of-the art research on the history, geography, archaeology, and the material culture of this vast region.

Material turn: Feministische Perspektiven auf Materialität und Materialismus

Author: Imke Leicht,Christine Löw,Nadja Meisterhans,Katharina Volk
Publisher: Verlag Barbara Budrich
ISBN: 3847404067
Category: Political Science
Page: 205
View: 7265
Das Thema Materialität wird innerhalb feministischer Forschungen in den letzten Jahren erneut diskutiert. Vor dem Hintergrund des material turn widmet sich der Band aktuellen Auseinandersetzungen mit Materialität und Materialismus. Dabei sollen zum einen bestehende Konfliktfelder zwischen Diskurs und Materialität sowie Struktur, Handlungsfähigkeit und Subjektivität aus feministischer Perspektive aufgezeigt werden. Zum anderen strebt der Band an, Potenziale einer verbindenden Perspektive auf 'neue' und 'alte' Konzeptionen von Materialität und Materialismen innerhalb feministischer Theorien und Praxen kritisch auszuloten.

The Economy and Material Culture of Russia, 1600-1725

Author: Richard Hellie
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226326498
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 671
View: 7251
In this study of the Russian economy from 1600-1725, Richard Hellie offers a glimpse of the material life of the people of Muscovy during that tumultuous period - how they lived, what they ate, how they were taxed, what their wages allowed them to enjoy. The Economy and Material Culture of Russia, 1600-1725 will be an invaluable resource and reference work for all readers interested in economic history and the history of material culture.

The Single Homemaker and Material Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century

Author: David Hussey,Margaret Ponsonby
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317015991
Category: History
Page: 252
View: 3993
The Single Homemaker and Material Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century represents a new synthesis of gender history and material culture studies. It seeks to analyse the lives and cultural expression of single men and women from 1650 to 1850 within the main focus of domestic activity, the home. Whilst there is much scholarly interest in singleness and a raft of literature on the construction and apprehension of the home, no other book has sought to bring these discrete studies together. Similarly, scholarly work has been limited in evaluating gendered consumption practices during the long eighteenth century because of an emphasis on the homes of families. Analysing the practices of single people emphasises the differences, but also amplifies the similarities, in their strategies of domestic life.

West 86th

A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture
Author: Paul Stirton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780226336930
Page: 176
View: 8044
Published on behalf of the Bard Graduate Center, West 86th focuses on scholarship in material culture, design history, and the decorative arts. In this issue, Eric Anderson examines how Angerer's photographs of Hans Makart's studio were informed by contemporary theories of color and emotion, anticipating many of the themes that would engage the modernists at the turn of the century. Monica Smith provides an archaeological perspective of the molded terra-cotta jewelry produced in the ancient Indian city of Sisupalgarh some five millennia ago, which indicate some patterns of economic activity and taste that anticipate the modern world. Anna McSweeney examines Owen Jones's Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of the Alhambra (1842-45), well known as the primary source for Islamic decoration in the Victorian period. Lastly, is a translation of the main part of "Les arts décoratifs et les machines," an article by Pedro Rioux de Maillou that appeared in the Revue des arts décoratifs in 1894-5. As in all issues, there is a range of reviews of current books and exhibitions devoted to design and the decorative arts.

New York City's African Slaveowners

A Social and Material Culture History
Author: Sherrill D. Wilson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780815315360
Category: History
Page: 117
View: 1457
First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Material Powers

Cultural Studies, History and the Material Turn
Author: Tony Bennett,Patrick Joyce
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113401516X
Category: History
Page: 232
View: 4194
This edited collection is a major contribution to the current development of a ‘material turn’ in the social sciences and humanities. It does so by exploring new understandings of how power is made up and exercised by examining the role of material infrastructures in the organization of state power and the role of material cultural practices in the organization of colonial forms of governance. A diverse range of historical examples is drawn on in illustrating these concerns – from the role of territorial engineering projects in seventeenth-century France through the development of the postal system in nineteenth-century Britain to the relations between the state and road-building in contemporary Peru, for example. The colonial contexts examined are similarly varied, ranging from the role of photographic practices in the constitution of colonial power in India and the measurement of the bodies of the colonized in French colonial practices to the part played by the relations between museums and expeditions in the organization of Australian forms of colonial rule. These specific concerns are connected to major critical re-examination of the limits of the earlier formulations of cultural materialism and the logic of the ‘cultural turn’. The collection brings together a group of key international scholars whose work has played a leading role in debates in and across the fields of history, visual culture studies, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, museum studies, and literary studies.

Objects of War

The Material Culture of Conflict and Displacement
Author: Leora Auslander,Tara Zahra
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501720082
Category: History
Page: 348
View: 1557
"Discusses the ways in which material culture affected and reflected how people grappled with social, cultural, and material upheavals during times of war"--

Willa Cather and Material Culture

Real-World Writing, Writing the Real World
Author: Janis P. Stout
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817314369
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 240
View: 5123
A compilation of essays focusing on the significance of material culture to Cather’s work and Cather scholarship. Willa Cather and Material Culture is a collection of 11 new essays that tap into a recent and resurgent interest among Cather scholars in addressing her work and her career through the lens of cultural studies. One of the volume's primary purposes is to demonstrate the extent to which Cather did participate in her culture and to correct the commonplace view of her as a literary connoisseur set apart from her times. The contributors explore both the objects among which Cather lived and the objects that appear in her writings, as well as the commercial constraints of the publishing industry in which her art was made and marketed. Essays address her relationship to quilts both personally and as symbols in her work; her contributions to domestic magazines such as Home Monthly and Woman's Home Companion; the problematic nature of Hollywood productions of her work; and her efforts and successes as a businesswoman. By establishing the centrality of material matters to her writing, these essays contribute to the reclaiming of Cather as a modernist and highlight the significance of material culture, in general, to the study of American literature.

Gender and Material Culture in Britain Since 1600

Author: Hannah Greig,Jane Hamlett,Leonie Hannan
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137340665
Category: History
Page: 176
View: 1607
What does material culture tell us about gendered identities and how does gender reveal the meaning of spaces and things? This edited collection looks at the adornment of the body, dress and material cultures of the home and public spaces to demonstrate how people in Britain have presented themselves as gendered beings from 1600 through to today.

History of Design

Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400?2000
Author: Pat Kirkham,Susan Weber
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300196148
Category: Art
Page: 698
View: 4382
A survey of spectacular breadth, covering the history of decorative arts and design worldwide over the past six hundred years

Sensible Objects

Colonialism, Museums and Material Culture
Author: Elizabeth Edwards,Chris Gosden,Ruth Phillips
Publisher: Berg
ISBN: 1845203240
Category: Social Science
Page: 306
View: 6081
Anthropologists of the senses have long argued that cultures differ in their sensory registers. This groundbreaking volume applies this idea to material culture and the social practices that endow objects with meanings in both colonial and postcolonial relationships. It challenges the privileged position of the sense of vision in the analysis of material culture. Contributors argue that vision can only be understood in relation to the other senses. In this they present another challenge to the assumed western five-sense model, and show how our understanding of material culture in both historical and contemporary contexts might be reconfigured if we consider the role of smell, taste, feel and sound, as well as sight, in making meanings about objects.