Schedule

Part I: Beginnings—Introductions to Things

 Week 1

January 14 : Introductions

“Why we Need Things”

Week 2

January 21: No Class meeting Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jennifer Price, “When Women were Women, Men were Men, and Birds were Hats” from Flight Maps: Adventure with Nature in Modern America, (New York: Basic Books, 2000),  157-110.

Clare Sauro, “Fashion,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, (Rutgers University, 2017), https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/fashion/

David Sullivan, “Department Stores,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, (Rutgers University, 2011), https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/department-stores/

Daniel Miller, “Why Clothing is Not Superficial,” Stuff, (Malden, Massachusetts: Policy Press, 2010), 12-41.

Leslie Shannon Miller, “The Many Figures of Eve: Styles of Womanhood Embodied in a Late-Nineteenth-Century Corset,” in American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture, ed. by Jules David Prown and Kenneth Haltman, (East Lansing: Michigan State Press: 2000), 129-147.

Helen Sheumaker, “Grooming, Clothing, and Accessories,” in Artifacts from Modern America, (Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2018), 105-141.

***Statement of Purpose

***Begin Reading Blog

 Week 3

January 28: Meet your Object (with Clare Sauro) at Drexel Costume Collection

Introduction to Textile Objects

Beverly Lemire, “Draping the Body and Dressing the Home: The Material Culture of Textiles and clothes in the Atlantic World, c. 1500-1800,” in History and Material Culture: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources. ed. Karen Harvey (New York: Routledge, 2009), 85-102.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Ian Gaskel et al., “A Field-Hockey Dress: Fit for a Knockabout Sport,” in Tangible Things: Making History Through Objects (New York: Oxford UP, 2015), 64-70.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “An Unfinished Stocking, New England, 1837,” in The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001), 374-412.

Joan Severa and Merrill Horswill, “Costume as Material Culture,” in Dress 15 (1989).

Valerie Steele, “A Museum of Fashion is More Than a Clothes-Bag,” in Fashion Theory 2 (1998): 327-336.

***Second Reading Blog (should be completed every week through the 15th week)

 

Part II: Methods and Approaches to Object Study

 Week 4

February 4: Material Culture Study a Short Primer

Jules David Prown, “Mind in Matter,” Winterthur Portfolio 17 (1982): 1-19.

McClung Fleming, “Artifact Study: A Proposed Model,” Winterthur Portfolio 16 (1981): 154-173.

Charles F. Montgomery, “The Connoisseurship of Artifacts,” in Thomas J. Schlereth, ed., Material Culture Studies in America (London: Altamira Press, 1999).

Jennifer M. Black, “Gender in the Academy: Recovering the Hidden History of Women’s Scholarship on Scrapbooks and Albums,” Material Culture, Vol. 50, no. 2 (2018): 38-52.

**Object Exercise 1

Week 5

February 11: History from Things

James Deetz, In Small Things Forgotten (New York: Anchor, 1996).

Pearson and Mullins, “Domesticating Barbie: An Archaeology of Barbie Material Culture and Domestic Ideology,” International Journal of Historical Archaeology (December 1999) Vol 3, No. 4, 225-259

Rebecca K. Shrum, “Selling Mr. Coffee: Design, Gender, and the Branding of a Kitchen Appliance,” Winterthur Portfolio, (2014) Vol. 46, Vol. 4, 271-298.

**Object Exercise 2

Week 6

February 18: History of Things

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “Furniture as Social History” in Luke Beckerdite and William N. Hosley, eds. American Furniture (Hanover: University Press of New England, 1995), 35-64.

Kenneth Ames, “Death in the Dinning Room,” Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992) 44-96.

Dayna M. Pilgrim, Master’s of a Craft: Philadelphia’s Black Public Waiters, 1820-50,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (October 2018), 269-293.

Johnathan Prown, “The Furniture of Thomas Day: A Reevaluation,” Winterthur Portfolio, (1998) Vol. 33, No. 4, 215-229.

Week 7

February 25: Objects in Place

Angel Kwolek-Folland, “The Gendered Environment of the Corporate Workplace, 1880-1930,” The Material Culture of Gender: The Gender of Material Culture, ed. by Katharine Martinez and Kenneth L. Ames, (Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1997), 157-179

Dell Upton, “White and Black Landscapes in Eighteenth-Century Virginia,” in Robert Blair St. George, ed., Material Life in America, 1600-1860 (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1988).

Robert Weyeneth, “The Architecture of Racial Segregation: The Challenges of Preserving the Problematical Past,” The Public Historian 27 (Fall 2005): 11-44.

J.B. Jackson, “The Word Itself,” and “A Pair of Ideal Landscapes,” Discovering the Vernacular Landscape. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986), 1-56.

Helen Shuemaker and Shirley Teresa Wadja, Excerpts from Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday Life, (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008).

Week 8

NO CLASS – Spring Break

Week 9

March 11: Toward a History Of Fashion W/ Clare Sauro

Philippe Perrot, Fashioning the Bourgeoisie: A History of Clothing in the Nineteenth Century.

See “Dress,” in Oxford Art Online for an overview of the history of fashion with sources.

Week 10

March 18: Research – On Your Own: No Class Meeting

Week 11

March 25: Exhibiting Things (Objects out of Place)

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, “Objects of Ethnography,” in Ivan Karp and Steven Lavine, eds., Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display (Washington: Smithsonian Press, 1991).

Ken Yellis, “Fred Wilson, PTSD, and Me: Reflections on the History Wars,” Curator: The Museum Journal 52 (October 2009): 333-348.

Christopher Green, “A Stage Set for Assimilation: The Model Indian School at the World’s Columbian Exposition,” Winterthur Portfolio (51:2/3), 95-133

Alice Parman, “Exhibit Makeovers: Do-It-Yourself Exhibit Planning.”

Beverly Serrell, “What Are Interpretive Labels?”, “Types of Labels in Exhibitions,” and “Writing Visitor-Friendly Labels,” in Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach (London: Altamira Press, 1996).

***Object Exercise #3 Due

Part III: Theorizing the Object

Week 12

April 1: Objects as Commodities

Peter Stallybrass, “Marx’s Coat,” in Patricia Spyer, ed., Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Spaces (New York: Routledge, 1998).

Igor Kopytoff, “The Cultural Biography of Things: Commoditization as a Process,” in Arjun Appadurai, ed., The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986).

Celia Lury, “Material Culture and Consumer Culture,” Consumer Culture (London: Polity Press, 2011), 9-31.

TBA

***Object Exercise #4 Due

 Week 13

April 8: The Social Life of Things

Jane Przybysz, “Quilts, Old Kitchens, and the Social Geography of Gender,” in K. Martinez and K. Ames, eds., The Material Culture Gender, The Gender of Material Culture (Winterthur, Delaware: The Winterthur Museum, 1997).

Georgio Reillo, “Things that Shape History: Material Culture and Historical Narratives,” in Karen Harvey, ed., History and Material Culture: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources (London and New York: Routledge, 2009).

Karin Dannehl, “Object Biographies: From Production to Consumption,” in Karen Harvey, ed., History and Material Culture: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources (London and New York: Routledge, 2009).

TBA

Week 14

April 15: WORKSHOP: Mapping Our Objects

**Object Exercise #5 Due 

Week 15

April 22: The Social Life of Things

Jane Przybysz, “Quilts, Old Kitchens, and the Social Geography of Gender,” in K. Martinez and K. Ames, eds., The Material Culture Gender, The Gender of Material Culture (Winterthur, Delaware: The Winterthur Museum, 1997).

Georgio Reillo, “Things that Shape History: Material Culture and Historical Narratives,” in Karen Harvey, ed., History and Material Culture: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources (London and New York: Routledge, 2009).

Karin Dannehl, “Object Biographies: From Production to Consumption,” in Karen Harvey, ed., History and Material Culture: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources (London and New York: Routledge, 2009).

Week 16

April 29: Last Day of Class

Meet at Drexel to Present on Findings

 

May 3: Final Paper Due