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In the looking glass : mirrors and identity in early America

Author: Rebecca K Shrum
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.
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"In the Looking Glass explores how mirrors shaped human identity in North America from the earliest European explorations through the nineteenth century. Early Americans--African, Native, and European--had uses for and beliefs about reflective surfaces, largely associating reflection with ritual and magic, which predated the introduction of accurately reflective mirrors (ca. 1500). These new mirrors played a  Read more...
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Shrum, Rebecca K. (Rebecca Kathleen), 1972-
In the looking glass.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016046947
(OCoLC)965781449
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca K Shrum
ISBN: 9781421423135 1421423138
OCLC Number: 994006238
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The evolving technology of the looking glass --
First glimpses : mirrors in seventeenth-century New England --
Looking glass ownership in early America --
Reliable mirrors and troubling visions : nineteenth-century white --
Understandings of sight --
Fashioning whiteness --
Mirrors in black and red --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Rebecca K. Shrum.

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Focusing on how mirrors were acquired in America and by whom, as well as the profound influence mirrors had, both individually and collectively, on the groups that embraced them, In the Looking Glass  Read more...

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