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10-8_pulleylecture - AM 21: Obj ect s and Ever y day S Li f...

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AMS 21: Obj ect s and Ever yday Li f e Pr of . de l a Peña Oct ober 8t h Object Studies, Week 1: Bodies and Technologies: the human-machine interface
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This week/to dos Second part of course 4 weeks of object studies Technology, fashion, landscape, art/craft Designed to help you A) learn history through artifacts B) work on making analytical connections C) de-code the cultural messages of current artifacts Each week we’ll use this format— Section: reading--understanding the object Monday: mini-lecture and small group connections
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Second method: object comparisons Midterm 11/5 You’ll write one essay and one set of short questions—in class. Can bring 1 note card. Essay covers one week’s objects/short questions covers another Lect + Reading + Discussion One or two objects from each day for exam Ex: sargent abdominal pulley (today) + candlestick phone (reading/sect) + wheelchairs (Monday) Short questions will be chosen for you, you get to pick one week from two possible weeks for essay writing
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Second method: object comparisons Goal: get you comparing objects across time Build on Prown’s method of close looking, but focus instead on patterns across similar objects rather than just one object Get a better sense of what “body” technologies, clothing, landscapes, and crafts have meant: --at one moment in history --and connected, across moments, for more “general” meanings --others give you individual analyses; you make connections
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