Cultural history (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Alessandro Arcangeli
Alessandro Arcangeli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem 1B dal Nov 11, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

To acquire familiarity with the field of cultural history, a critical competence on its intellectual vocabulary and a first introduction to its worldwide literature; to develop strategies for the interpretation of sources via this mode of enquiry.


History of material and visual culture.
- Petrizzo-Sorba [on e-learning platform];
- Jordanova (in book list)+
2 other titles of one's choice (from the list - or otherwise as agreed).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Paula Findlen (a cura di) Early Modern Things. Objects and Their Histories, 1500-1800 Routledge 2013
Karen Harvey History and material culture: a student’s guide to approaching alternative sources Routledge 2009
David Freedberg Il potere delle immagini. Il mondo delle figure: reazioni e emozioni del pubblico (Edizione 2) Einaudi 2009
Horst Bredekamp Immagini che ci guardano. Teoria dell'atto iconico R. Cortina 2015
Jérôme Baschet, Pierre-Olivier Dittmar (a cura di) Les images dans l’Occident médiéval Brepols 2015
Jérôme Baschet L'iconografia medievale Jaca Book 2014
Anne Gerritsen, Giorgio Riello (a cura di) The global lives of things: the material culture of connections in the early modern world Routledge 2016
Ludmilla Jordanova The Look of the Past. Visual and Material Evidence in Historical Practice Cambridge University Press 2012 (obbligatorio)
Arjun Appadurai (a cura di) The Social Life of Things. Commodities in Cultural Perspective Cambridge University Press 1986
Lorraine Daston (a cura di) Things that talk: object lessons from art and science Zone Books 2004
Stuart Clark Vanities of the Eye: Vision in Early Modern European Culture Oxford University Press 2007
Anne Gerritsen, Giorgio Riello (a cura di) Writing Material Culture History Bloomsbury 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

15-page essay on a previously agreed topic. Oral interview on both the essay and the course bibliography, aimed at assessing the degree of familiarity with the issues and methods of cultural history, in the specific example of material and visual cuture. In particular, the following abilities will be taken into account: understanding the reference texts, reflecting on the issues therein involved and argumentation.