HIS 350L • Victorian Material Culture-W
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This is a seminar about Victorian things. Material culture refers to the world of objects and possessions which people accumulate, live with, and are often defined by. What do the things we cherish tell us about ourselves and our society? In the nineteenth century, for the first time in human history, ordinary people were able to acquire material possessions, because the idustrial revolution and mass production created a consumer culture. What did our Victorian ancestors buy? What clues to Victorian values can be learned from the cherished objects which survive?
4 papers, three short and one term paper, grade determined by papers, 70%; participation, 30 %.
Thomas Schlereth, VICTORIAN AMERICA; Kenneth Ames, DEATH IN THE DINING ROOM, plus course packet