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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.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 25.4mm | 515g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 86 bw illus
  • 147251856X
  • 9781472518569
  • 509,064

Table of contents

Introduction: Writing Material Culture History - Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello (both University of Warwick, UK)
Part I. The Disciplines of Material Culture
1. Im-material Culture and History of Art(efacts) - Viccy Coltman (University of Edinburgh, UK)
2. Father Amiot's Cup and the fashioning of `Antiquity - Kee Il Choi (Art Dealer, New York, USA)
3. Written Texts and the Performance of Materiality - Catherine Richardson (University of Kent, UK)
4. Material Culture, Archaeology and Defining Modernity: Case Studies in Ceramic Research - David Gaimstern (Huntarian Museum, UK)
5. Broken Objects: Using Archaeological Ceramics in the Study of Material Culture - Suzanne F. Hood (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, USA)
6. Anthropology, Archaeology, History and the Material Culture of Lycra - Kaori O'Connor (University College London, UK)
7. Identity, Heritage and Memorialisation: The Tongkonan of the Toraja People of Indonesia - Kathleen M. Adams (Loyola University, USA)
8. Exchange and Value: The Material Culture of a Chumash Basket - Dana Leibsohn (Smith College, USA)
Part II. The Histories of Material Culture
9. Spaces of Global Interactions: The Material Landscapes of Global History - Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello
10. Cosmopolitan Relationships in the Crossroads of the Pacific Ocean - Christina Hellmich (De Young Museum, UK)
11. Invisible Beds: Health and the Material Culture of Sleep - Sandra Cavallo (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
12. Material Culture and Sound: A Sixteenth-Century Handbell - Flora Dennis (University of Sussex, UK)
13. Lustrous Things: Luminosity and Reflection before the Light Bulb- Ann Smart Martin (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
14. Objects of Emotions: The London Foundling Hospital Tokens, 1741-1760 - John Styles (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
15. Materialism and Material History: The French Revolution in Wallpaper - Ulrich Lehmann (University of the Creative Arts, UK)
16. Time, Wear and Maintenance: The afterlife of things - Victoria Kelley (Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, UK)
17. How Things Shape Us: Material Culture and Identity in the Industrial Age - Manuel Charpy (Universite de Lille, France)
Part III. The Presentation of Material Culture
18. The Return of the Wunderkammer: Material Culture in the Museum - Ethan W. Lasser (Harvard Art Museums, USA)
19. Europe 1600-1800 in a Thousand Objects - Lesley Ellis Miller (V&A Museum, UK)
20. Objects of Empire: Museums, Material Culture, and Histories of Empire - John McAleer (University of Southampton, UK)
21. Interwoven Knowledge: The Understanding and Conservation of Three Carpets - Jessica Hallett and Raquel Santos (both Centre of Overseas History, Lisbon, Portugal )
22. Reading and Writing the Restoration History of an Old French bureau - Carolyn Sargentson (V&A Museum, UK)
23. History by Design: The UK Board of Trade Design Registers - Dinah Eastop (The National Archives, UK)
24. Handle with Care: The Future of Curatorial Expertise - Glenn Adamson (V&A Museum, UK)
25. As Seen on the Screen: Material Culture, Historical Accuracy and the Costume Drama - Hannah Greig (University of York, UK)
Online Resources - compiled with the help of Claire Tang
Index
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A welcome contribution to studies of material culture ... The plurality [of the chapters] comprises the key strength of the volume. * Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute * An impressively well-illustrated volume. * European History Quarterly * With its great range of disciplines and examples, this is an excellent addition to the Writing Histories series, and an informative and scholarly guide to the expanding academic study of objects. * Textile History *
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About Anne Gerritsen

Anne Gerritsen is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, UK.

Giorgio Riello is Professor of Global History and Culture at the University of Warwick, UK.
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