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The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe

Edited by: Catherine Richardson , Tara Hamling , David Gaimster

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409462699
eBook ISBN: 9781315613161
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315613161
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The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe marks the arrival of early modern material culture studies as a vibrant, fully-established field of multi-disciplinary research.

The volume provides a rounded, accessible collection of work on the nature and significance of materiality in early modern Europe ? a term that embraces a vast range of objects as well as addressing a wide variety of human interactions with their physical environments. This stimulating view of materiality is distinctive in asking questions about the whole material world as a context for lived experience, and the book considers material interactions at all social levels.

There are 27 chapters by leading experts as well as 13 feature object studies to highlight specific items that have survived from this period (defined broadly as c.1500?c.1800). These contributions explore the things people acquired, owned, treasured, displayed and discarded, the spaces in which people used and thought about things, the social relationships which cluster around goods ? between producers, vendors and consumers of various kinds ? and the way knowledge travels around those circuits of connection. The content also engages with wider issues such as the relationship between public and private life, the changing connections between the sacred and the profane, or the effects of gender and social status upon lived experience.

Constructed as an accessible, wide-ranging guide to research practice, the book describes and represents the methods which have been developed within various disciplines for analysing pre-modern material culture. It comprises four sections which open up the approaches of various disciplines to non-specialists: ?Definitions, disciplines, new directions?, ?Contexts and categories?, ?Object studies? and ?Material culture in action?.

This volume addresses the need for sustained, coherent comment on the state, breadth and potential of this lively new field, including the work of historians, art historians, museum curators, archaeologists, social scientists and literary scholars. It consolidates and communicates recent developments and considers how we might take forward a multi-disciplinary research agenda for the study of material culture in periods before the mass production of goods.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Global Things Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Cognitive History and Material Culture Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Maps and Material Culture Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Royal Court Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Material Culture of Early Modern Churches Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Public Buildings in Early Modern Europe Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Domestic Buildings Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Materiality and the Streetlife of the Early Modern City Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Materiality, Nature and the Body Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Mortuary culture Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Clothing Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Getting Down from the Table Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Arms and armour Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Material texts Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Material Culture of Lineage in Late Tudor and Early Stuart England Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Malleable Moment in English Portraiture, c.1540–1640 Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Is this a Man I See Before Me? Download PDF
Chapter  18:  In Praise of Clean Linen Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Early Modern Religious Objects and Materialities of Belief Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Material Culture of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Early Modern Spaces and Olfactory Traces Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Musical Sound and Material Culture Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Lasting Impressions of the Common Woodcut Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Baroque Sculpture Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Rights of Privacy in Early Modern English Households Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Antwerp and the ‘Material Renaissance’ Download PDF
Chapter  27:  I Say ‘Shard’, You Say ‘Sherd’ Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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