American Artifacts Essays On Material Culture

Winterthur Portfolio

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Winterthur Portfolio fosters knowledge of the North American past by publishing articles on material culture and the historical contexts within which artifacts developed.  The journal presents scholarship that critically engages art history, history, geography, ethnology, archaeology, anthropology, folklife studies, and literature.  We invite articles that are analytical and synthetic rather than descriptive, and we encourage interdisciplinary studies that integrate artifacts into a cultural framework.

Coverage: 1964-2015 (Vol. 1 - Vol. 49, No. 2/3)

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ISSN: 00840416

EISSN: 15456927

Subjects: History, Architecture & Architectural History, History, Art & Art History, Arts

Collections: Arts & Sciences III Collection, JSTOR Essential Collection

American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture3.47 · Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews

When defining culture, one must indeed take into account even the minutest of details. What of a lighter, for example, or a telephone? The essays in this new collection examine just that. The contributors pose not only a historical, pragmatic use for the items, but also delve into more imaginative aspects of what defines us as Americans. Both the lighter and the telephoneWhen defining culture, one must indeed take into account even the minutest of details. What of a lighter, for example, or a telephone? The essays in this new collection examine just that. The contributors pose not only a historical, pragmatic use for the items, but also delve into more imaginative aspects of what defines us as Americans. Both the lighter and the telephone are investigated, as well as how the lava lamp represents sixties counterculture and containment. The late nineteenth-century corset is discussed as an embodiment of womanhood, and an Amish quilt is used as an illustration of cultural continuity. These are just a few of the artifacts discussed. Scholars will be intrigued by the historical interpretations that contributors proposed concerning a teapot, card table, and locket; students will not only find merit in the expositions, but also by learning from the models how such interpretation can be carried out. This collection helps us understand that very thing that makes us who we are. Viewing these objects from both our past and our present, we can begin to define what it is to be American....more

Paperback, 255 pages

Published October 31st 2000 by Michigan State University Press (first published September 20th 2000)

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