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Material Culture Studies in America: An Anthology By Thomas J. Schlereth,

  • Title: Material Culture Studies in America: An Anthology
  • Author: Thomas J. Schlereth
  • ISBN: 9780761991601
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • The country s leading authority on use of artifactual evidence in historical research collects twenty five classic essays and gives his overview of the field of material culture.
    Material Culture Studies in America An Anthology The country s leading authority on use of artifactual evidence in historical research collects twenty five classic essays and gives his overview of the field of material culture

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    1. I ve heard material culture described as the debris the past leaves behind to entice and puzzle the future The earlier the period from which historical items have survived, of course, the pronounced the niches in which they may be categorized There s plenty of Roman architecture around, but even metal weapons are rare, and textiles are almost non existent There are no Royal Navy frigates from the Napoleonic wars Even the early phase of the Industrial Revolution hasn t left many relics If only t [...]

    2. Schlereth provides a lengthy, but useful and insightful introduction tracing various approaches to American material cultural studies, and defining it as a mode of inquiry with a historical basis He focuses on historical, rather than art historical material culture, which tends toward the aesthetic rather than the analytic He divides material culture studies into three chronological phases Collecting Classifying, Descriptive Historical, and Analytical Explanatory Following Schlereth s introducti [...]

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