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Writing Material Culture History examines the methodologies currently used in the historical study of material culture. Touching on archaeology, art history, literary studies and anthropology, the book provides history students with a fundamental understanding of the relationship between artefacts and historical narratives. The role of museums, the impact of the digital age and the representations of objects in public history are just some of the issues addressed in a book that brings together key scholars from around the world. A range of artefacts, including a 16th-century Peruvian crown and a 19th-century Alaskan Sea Lion overcoat, are considered, illustrating the myriad ways in which objects and history relate to one another. Bringing together scholars working in a variety of disciplines, this book provides a critical introduction for students interested in material culture, history and historical methodologies.
Writing Material Culture History examines the methodologies currently used in the historical study of material culture. Touching on archaeology, art history, literary studies and anthropology, the book provides history students with a fundamental understanding of the relationship between artefacts and historical narratives. The role of museums, the impact of the digital age and the representations of objects in public history are just some of the issues addressed in a book that brings together key scholars from around the world. A range of artefacts, including a 16th-century Peruvian crown and a 19th-century Alaskan Sea Lion overcoat, are considered, illustrating the myriad ways in which objects and history relate to one another. Bringing together scholars working in a variety of disciplines, this book provides a critical introduction for students interested in material culture, history and historical methodologies.
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.
Archaeologists and anthropologists regularly transform collections of objects into systems of 'material culture'. Since the origins of material culture studies in the nineteenth century, the preoccupation with materiality has passed through phases of innovation, stability, disillusionment, antipathy, and revival. This reader is a compilation of some of the recent work of the Material Culture Group at University College London, and as such provides the opportunity to examine recent developments in material culture studies in Britain through the lens of a particular group of scholars. Subjects range from the material metaphor of canoes in Vanuatu to the relationship between domestic architecture and socialist discourse in the Soviet context, and the consumption of Coca-Cola in Trinidad. Each contribution is preceded by an short discussion by the author, placing the work within the context of broader themes. Contributors: Christopher Tilley, Susanne Kuechler, Christopher Pinney, Michael Rowlands, Barbara Bender, Nicholas J Saunders, Victor Buchli, and Daniel Miller.
"The Global Lives of Things considers the ways in which 'things,' ranging from commodities, to works of art and precious materials, participated in the shaping of 'globalisation' in the early modern period. This volume traces the movements of objects through human networks of commerce, colonialism and curiosity. It argues that material objects mediated between the forces of global economic exchange and the constantly changing identities of individuals, as they were drawn into global circuits"--Provided by publishe
A skilled observer and noted scholar of Chinese culture, Tsuen-Hsuin Tsien has contributed profoundly to the West's understanding of the East and vice versa. Having spent six decades as a professor and curator at The University of Chicago, he has been an indispensable resource on a wide range of topics that include Chinese paleography, paper, inkmaking, printing, cultural exchange, libraries, and biographies. Collected Writings on Chinese Culture contains distilled selections from Tsien's major works and journal articles, as well as his Memoir of a Centenarian, which traces Tsien's life from his youth in China through sixty years of scholarship at The University of Chicago. This volume is an excellent companion for anyone familiar with Tsien's work and also a welcome resource for readers unfamiliar with the author's writings and extensive impact within East Asian studies and across all of academia.
Trauma and its aftermath pose acute problems for historical representation and understanding. In Writing History, Writing Trauma, Dominick LaCapra critically analyzes attempts by theorists and literary critics to come to terms with trauma and with the crucial role post-traumatic testimonies—notably Holocaust testimonies—assume in thought and in writing. These attempts are addressed in a series of six interlocking essays that adapt psychoanalytic concepts to historical analysis, while employing sociocultural and political critique to elucidate trauma and its aftereffects in culture and in people. This updated edition includes a substantive new preface that reconsiders some of the issues raised in the book.

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