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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2006


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39610 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 303

Course Description

This is an upper level undergraduate lecture class that studies colonial Latin America and British America through "objects," (including paintings, furniture, maps, architecture, scientific apparatus, handcrafts) to gain new insights on the operations of colonial culture that textually based documents cannot capture. The course puts great emphasis on the study of colonial society within global history. Students will write four short 5 page papers each analyzing a material object from the colonial period. Students will be expected to situate the object in its appropriate historical context and use the object to shed light on aspects of colonial culture. Papers will be graded according to content, coherence, grammar, and style


Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Art of Colonial Latin America (Phaidon Press, 2005) Richard Kagan, Urban Images of the Hispanic World 1493-1793 (Yale, 2000) Lorraine Daston ed. Things that Talk (Zone Books, 2004) Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, The Age of Homespun (Knopf, 2001) Bower, Anne L., ed. Recipes for Reading: Community Cookbooks, Stories, Histories. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997. Burke, Peter. Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001 Levinson, Sanford. Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies. Durham: Duke University Press, 1998 Schlereth, Thomas J. Artifacts and the American Past. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1980. Schlereth, Thomas J., ed. Material Culture: A Research Guide. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1985. Stabile, Susan M. Memory's Daughters: The Material Culture of Remembrance in Eighteenth-Century America. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004. Stilgoe, John R. Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places. New York: Walker and Co., 1998. Theopano, Janet. Eat My Words: Reading Womens Lives through the Cookbooks They Wrote. New York: Palgrave, 2002.


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