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Author: Ann Smart Martin; J Ritchie Garrison; Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.
Publisher: Winterthur, Del. : Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum ; Knoxville, Tenn. : Distributed by University of Tennessee Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The fourteen essays in this volume provide an important cross section of new research on the current state of American material culture scholarship. From Tupperware to stuffed owls, modern dolls to colonial portraits, the subjects that the authors study demonstrate that things provoke and sustain human dramas. The essays illustrate the complexity of the field and the ways it is changing; how ethnicity is displayed,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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American material culture.
Winterthur, Del. : Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum; Knoxville, Tenn. : Distributed by University of Tennessee Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)653316959
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Smart Martin; J Ritchie Garrison; Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.
ISBN: 0912724358 9780912724355
OCLC Number: 36649124
Notes: Papers from a conference held Oct. 1993, sponsored by the Winterthur Museum.
Description: 428 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Shaping the field : the multidscplinary perspectives of material culture / Ann Smart Martin, J. Ritchie Garrison --
American difference revisited : the case of the American axe / Gary Kulik --
The bricoleur revisited / Bernard L. Herman --
Material culture as rhetoric : "animal artifacts" as a case study / Katherine C. Grier --
Getting ready : doll play and real life in American culture, 1900-1980 / Dorothy K. Washburn --
Material culture as text : review and reform of the literacy model for interpretation / Pauline K. Eversmann [and others] --
Textualizing technics : owner's manuals and the reading of objects / Joseph J. Corn --
The social meanings of portrait miniatures in Philadelphia, 1760-1820 / Anne Verplanck --
Tupperware : product as social relation / Alison J. Clarke --
Leather stockings and hunting shirts / Linda R. Baumgarten --
Inventing comfort : the Piazza / John E. Crowley --
Archaeological perspectives on material culture and ethnicity / James Gregory Cusick --
Material culture and the performance of sociocultural identity : community, ethnicity, and agency in the burial practices at the First African Baptist Church cemeteries, Philadelphia, 1810-41 / John P. McCarthy --
Evaluating exhibitions : history museums and material culture / Ellen Paul Denker --
Material culture history : the scholarship nobody knows / Cary Carson.
Responsibility: edited by Ann Smart Martin and J. Ritchie Garrison.

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"The fourteen essays in this volume provide an important cross section of new research on the current state of American material culture scholarship. From Tupperware to stuffed owls, modern dolls to colonial portraits, the subjects that the authors study demonstrate that things provoke and sustain human dramas. The essays illustrate the complexity of the field and the ways it is changing; how ethnicity is displayed, creolized, or reinvigorated in border zones of cultural contact; how objects are both mirrors and lenses for gendered constructions; and how differing experiences with the environment alter objects even as objects alter the environment. The authors of this volume consider not only the historic uses of objects but also the continued creation of new meanings with things."--Jacket.

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