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Tangible Things

Author : Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
ISBN : 9780199382293
Genre : History
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In a world obsessed with the virtual, tangible things are once again making history. Tangible Things invites readers to look closely at the things around them, ordinary things like the food on their plate and extraordinary things like the transit of planets across the sky. It argues that almost any material thing, when examined closely, can be a link between present and past. The authors of this book pulled an astonishing array of materials out of storage--from a pencil manufactured by Henry David Thoreau to a bracelet made from iridescent beetles--in a wide range of Harvard University collections to mount an innovative exhibition alongside a new general education course. The exhibition challenged the rigid distinctions between history, anthropology, science, and the arts. It showed that object-centered inquiry inevitably leads to a questioning of categories within and beyond history. Tangible Things is both an introduction to the range and scope of Harvard's remarkable collections and an invitation to reassess collections of all sorts, including those that reside in the bottom drawers or attics of people's houses. It interrogates the nineteenth-century categories that still divide art museums from science museums and historical collections from anthropological displays and that assume history is made only from written documents. Although it builds on a larger discussion among specialists, it makes its arguments through case studies, hoping to simultaneously entertain and inspire. The twenty case studies take us from the Galapagos Islands to India and from a third-century Egyptian papyrus fragment to a board game based on the twentieth-century comic strip "Dagwood and Blondie." A companion website catalogs the more than two hundred objects in the original exhibition and suggests ways in which the principles outlined in the book might change the way people understand the tangible things that surround them.

Tangible Things

Author : Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
ISBN : 9780199382286
Genre : History
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"In a world obsessed with the virtual, tangible things are once again making history. Tangible Things invites readers to look closely at the things around them, arguing that almost any material thing, when examined closely, can be a link between present and past."--Provided by publisher.

Writing Material Culture History

Author : Anne Gerritsen
ISBN : 9781472518576
Genre : Art
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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.

Cities In Modernity

Author : Richard Dennis
ISBN : 9780521464703
Genre : Architecture
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An exploration of what made cities 'modern' in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Fatal Revolutions

Author : Christopher Iannini
ISBN : 9780807835562
Genre : History
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FATAL REVOLUTIONS connects two dramatic transformations in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, the growth of the Caribbean plantation system as a new social and economic institution and the rise of natural history as a scientific discipline, an intellectual fascination, and a literary form. Drawing on a varied archive of letters, drawings, engravings, written manuscripts, and printed books, Iannini argues that these transformations were not only deeply interconnected, but that together they established certain fundamental conditions for the development of a distinctive literary culture in the early Americas. Iannini posits that eighteenth-century natural history as a literary genre largely took its shape from its practice in the Caribbean, due to that region's primacy as an object of knowledge and source of wealth.

Sensible Objects

Author : Elizabeth Edwards
ISBN : IND:30000087217331
Genre : Art
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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.

Indigenous Notions Of Ownership And Libraries Archives And Museums

Author : Camille Callison
ISBN : 9783110395860
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Forms of indigenous knowledges and cultural expressions are found in libraries, archives or museums. Often the "legal" copyright is not held by the indigenous people's groups, who believe that the true expression of their culture can only be sustained and remain dynamic in its proper cultural context. The aim is to respect these ways of knowing while appreciating the cultural memory institutions' attempts to transmit them to the next generation.

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