Material Culture in its Contexts: History and Theory | Susan Garfinkel | Spring 2004

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Copies of most individual articles are provided by the Program. See Schedule.

Purchase of the following books is strongly recommended:
(Note abbreviations used in course schedule)


  • Robert Blair St. George, ed. Material Life in America, 1600-1860 ( Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1988). (St.G)
  • Thomas J. Schlereth, ed. Material Culture Studies in America (1985; Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press, 1999) (Sch)
  • Christopher Tilley, ed. Reading Material Culture: Structuralism, Hermeneutics, and Post-Structuralism (Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Mass., USA : B. Blackwell, 1990) (Til)
  • Dell Upton and John Michael Vlach, eds. Common Places: Readings in American Vernacular Architecture (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986.) (U&V)
  • Monographs:

  • Henry Glassie, Folk Housing in Middle Virginia: A Structural Analysis of Historic Artifacts (U. of Tennessee Press, 1975)
  • Nicky Gregson and Louise Crewe, Second-Hand Cultures (Berg, 2003)
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth (Knopf, 2001 [hardback]; Random House, 2002 [paperback])
  • Robert Blair St. George, Conversing by Signs: Poetics of Implication in Colonial New England Culture (U. of North Carolina Press, 1998)
  • Susan Stewart, On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection (1984; Duke University Press, 1993)
  • Anna McCarthy, Ambient Television: Visual Culture and Public Space (Duke University Press, 2001)