Children and Material Culture
Robinson, Michele Nicole The material culture of children and childhood in Bologna, Doctoral thesis PhD , University of Sussex. This thesis examines children and childhood in early modern Bologna through the lens of material culture. In particular, it considers how domestic spaces, objects and images informed the formation and expression of identities in relation to gender, social class and religion between and Although the early modern home has recently been the focus of important and ground breaking studies, little attention has been paid to how children experienced domestic life via their relationships with material culture.
One of the principle aims of this thesis is to begin to bridge this gap in our knowledge through the examination of the textiles, furnishings, images and other objects that could be found in the homes of artisans, merchants, notaries and Bologna's urban nobility. In order to recreate a robust picture of early modern homes, an interdisciplinary approach has been taken here, which considers evidence that includes physical objects, early modern conduct books, household treatises, paintings, prints and drawings.
Ambitious in its geographical and historical scope, this rich interdisciplinary volume combines the concerns and approaches of history, art and design history, and childhood studies in an original exploration of children's material culture. The uniformly outstanding essays trace more than years of significant historical figures and forces-from aesthetics and ideologies to philosophies of childhood and patterns of consumption, play to pedagogy, discourse to design, anxiety to creativity, and colonialism to appropriation-dynamically informing dolls, doll houses, books, etc.
Richly illustrated with objects along with advertisements and embroidery, catalogues and scrolls, this far reaching collection, that contributes importantly to contemporary and scholarly debates, is a major contribution to material culture, visual culture, children's, and dolls studies, not to mention the history of play, toys, and girls.
Childhood by Design
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