Classes

HL97: Object Histories

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

What kinds of stories can be told through objects? In this tutorial, we will explore how objects bring to light details about everyday life in the American colonies and the Atlantic world. From clothing and accessories to food and toys, objects provide a material record of how circulation, trade, and exchange shaped the lives of ordinary people. Throughout the semester, we will practice methods for interpreting objects, situating them in...

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HL90: Science, Exploration, and Empire

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

This seminar will consider the relationship between science, exploration, and empire in nineteenth-century American literature and culture. Throughout the semester, we will discuss how expeditions to South America, the Pacific, and the Arctic played a major role in shaping ideas about nature and culture around the globe. Newspapers speculated about the mysterious fates of lost voyages; museums displayed specimens and objects from faraway places; and novelists depicted the...

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HL 90: Museums in America

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018
In this course, we will consider the literary and cultural history of American museums from the eighteenth century to the present. Throughout the semester, we will discuss how museums have functioned as both centers for research and as public spaces for education and entertainment, and how such priorities have evolved over the past few centuries, shaped by new ideas about conservation, education, and access. How do we determine the authenticity and value of art objects and natural specimens? How have museums informed debates over national politics and cultural authority? And how do... Read more about HL 90: Museums in America