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Cultural Histories of the Material World
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All across the humanities fields there is a new interest in materials and materiality. This is the first book to capture and study the “material turn” in the humanities from all its varied perspectives. Cultural Histories of the Material World brings together top scholars from all these different fields—from Art History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Folklore, History, History of Science, Literature, Philosophy—to offer their vision of what cultural history of the material world looks like and attempt to show how attention to materiality can contribute to a more precise historical understanding of specific times, places, ways, and means. The result is a spectacular kaleidoscope of future possibilities and new perspectives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. iii-vii
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  1. Series Editor’s Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xii-xv
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  1. Introduction: The Culture of the Hand
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. Part 1. Art’s Challenge
  2. pp. 31-31
  1. Chapter One – Design History and the Decorative Arts
  2. pp. 33-38
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  1. Chapter Two – The Materiality of Art
  2. pp. 39-44
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  1. Part 2. The Place of the Material
  2. pp. 45-45
  1. Chapter Three – Mutually Contextual: Materials, Bodies, and Objects
  2. pp. 47-58
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  1. Chapter Four – Museum Display, an Algonquian Bow, and the Ship of Theseus
  2. pp. 59-73
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  1. Chapter Five – Cultural Histories of the Material World: Whose Material World?
  2. pp. 74-80
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  1. Chapter Six – The History of Facebook
  2. pp. 81-91
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  1. Chapter Seven – Dirty, Pretty Things: On Archaeology and Prehistoric Materialities
  2. pp. 92-107
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  1. Chapter Eight – Archaeology and Design History: A Thesis and Nine Theses
  2. pp. 108-116
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  1. Part 3. Experience and Material
  2. pp. 117-117
  1. Chapter Nine – Swelling Toads, Translation, and the Paradox of the Concrete
  2. pp. 119-133
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  1. Chapter Ten – Materiality and Cultural Translation: Indigenous Arts, Colonial Exchange, and Postcolonial Perspectives
  2. pp. 134-143
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  1. Chapter Eleven – The Antiquarian, the Collector, and the Cultural History of the Material World – Alain Schnapp
  2. pp. 144-150
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  1. Chapter Twelve – Mountain as Material: Landscape Inscriptions in China
  2. pp. 151-164
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  1. Chapter Thirteen – Objects and History
  2. pp. 165-171
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  1. Chapter Fourteen – Beyond Representation: Things—Human and Nonhuman
  2. pp. 172-186
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  1. Chapter Fifteen – Materialities of Culture – Bill Brown
  2. pp. 187-193
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  1. Part 4. Future Histories
  2. pp. 195-195
  1. Chapter Sixteen: Toward a Cultural History of the Material World
  2. pp. 197-203
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  1. Chapter Seventeen: Thoughts on Cultural Histories of the Material World –
  2. pp. 204-209
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  1. Chapter Eighteen – The History of Science as a Cultural History of the Material World
  2. pp. 210-225
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  1. Chapter Nineteen – Reflecting on Recipes
  2. pp. 226-232
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  1. Chapter Twenty: Music in the Material World: Cultural Traces and Historical Cases
  2. pp. 233-239
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  1. Chapter Twenty-One: A Cultural History of the Material World of Islam
  2. pp. 240-248
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  1. Twenty-Two - Franz Kugler and the Concept of World Art History
  2. pp. 249-262
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  1. Chapter Twenty-Three – The Missing Link: “Antiquarianism,”“Material Culture,” and “Cultural Science” in the Work of G. F. Klemm
  2. pp. 263-282
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 283-289
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-295
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