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Cultural Histories of the Material World

Bringing together the work of over twenty international scholars from various disciplines, Cultural Histories of the Material World provides a substantial collection of works that explore materiality and material culture from a historical perspective. These scholars represent some of the most innovative voices in their respective fields, using historiographical lens to chronicle how the field of material culture has operated between multiple disciplines and has grown to prominence in the last two decades, both inside and beyond the academy. Essential reading for the study of material culture and including writing by Bill Brown, Nancy Troy, Horst Bredekamp, Jaś Elsner, and Pamela H. Smith, this book builds on the recent proliferation of works that address materiality and offers unified collection of key perspectives on the material turn across the humanities.

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“All across the humanities fields there is a new interest in materials and materiality. This is the first book to capture and study the ‘material turn’ in the humanities from all its varied perspectives. Cultural Histories of the Material World brings together top scholars from all these different fields. . . . The result is a spectacular kaleidoscope of future possibilities and new perspectives.” 

History and Theory

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