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2010 CHAVIC Summer Seminar Draft Syllabus

Interpreting Historical Images Teaching and Research
June 20-25, 2010
Worcester, Massachusetts

David Jaffee
Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the
Decorative Arts Design and Culture
djaffee[at]bgc.bard.edu

 

Sunday, June 20

4:00-6:00 Session I. Welcome and Introductions, David Jaffee and Georgia Barnhill, Antiquarian Hall (AH), 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

Exhibition of important books in American history illustrated intelligently
Tour of AAS, Thomas Knoles, Librarian and Curator of Manuscripts

6:00Dinner, Goddard Daniels House (GDH), 190 Salisbury Street

Note: During the seminar, some sessions (GDH) will be devoted to presentations and discussions of themes and readings; the Council Room sessions will be hands-on sessions with materials in the AAS library that will include discussions of readings, too. Please read the articles and chapters marked "required." You need not read the pieces marked "suggested" at all and we will also supply a fuller bibliography at the seminar. We have also included a few recommended websites (digital archives, virtual exhibitions, and teaching resources) that we would like you to look at and will be included in our discussions.

 

Monday, June 21

9:00-10:30 Session II: Why Use Visual Materials? Jaffee and participants (GDH)

-Required Reading-

James W. Cook, "Seeing the Visual in U.S. History," Journal of American History 95 (September 2008): 432-441.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

Louis Masur, "Pictures Have Now Become a Necessity: The Use of Images in American History Text Books," Journal of American History, 85 (March 1998): 1409-24.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

-Suggested Reading-

Michael L. Wilson, "Visual Culture: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis?" The Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture Reader. Vanessa R. Schwartz and Jeannene M. Przyblyski, eds., (New York: Routledge, 2004), 26-33.

-Websites-

Teach U.S History.org
Picturing U.S. History
Amon Carter Museum Online Teaching Resources

 

10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 p.m. Session III: Reading Portrait Paintings, Paul Staiti, Mount Holyoke College (GDH)

-Required Reading-

Paul Staiti, "Character and Class" in Carrie Rebora et al., John Singleton Copley in America (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995), 53-77.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

-Suggested Readings-

Margaretta Lovell, Art in a Season of Revolution (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006).

Jennifer L. Roberts, "Copley's Cargo: Boy with a Squirrel and the Dilemma of Transit" American Art 21 (Summer 2007): 20-41.

Robert St. George, Conversing by Signs: Poetics of Implication in Colonial New England (Chapel Hill, UNC Press, 1998), 298-310, 326-48.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

-Websites-

George Washington: A National Treasure
" For a Noble Man, a Prince": Images and Identity in Colonial America at Picturing U.S. History

 

12:30-1:30Lunch (GDH)
1:30-3:00 Session IV: Introduction to AAS Online Resources and Reading Room, Elizabeth Pope, Head of Reader's Services and Lauren Hewes, Curator of Graphic Arts
3:00-3:30Break
3:30-5:00 p.m.Session V: Printmaking Demo at Worcester Art Museum

 

Tuesday, June 22

9:00-10:30Session VI: 18th- and Early 19th-Century Prints, Barnhill and Hewes (AH)

-Required Readings-

Wendy Wick Reaves, "'Effigies Curiously Engraven': Eighteenth-Century American Portrait Prints," Prints of New England, G. Barnhill, ed. (Worcester: AAS, 1991): 39-67.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

Judy L. Larson. "Separately Published Engravings in the Early Republic. An Introduction to Copperplate Engraving and Printing in America Through 1820." Printing History 6:1 (1984): 3-24.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

 

10:30-11:00Break
11-12:30 Session VII: Landscape/Cityscape/ and Western Visions, Jaffee (GDH)

-Required Readings-

Dell Upton, Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), 84-110.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

William Cronon, "Telling Tales on Canvas: Landscapes of Frontier Change," in Discovered Lands, Invented Pasts: Transforming Visions of the American West (New Haven: Yale UP, 1992), 37-86.
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(for seminar participants; password required)
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(for seminar participants; password required)

David Jaffee, "Curiosities Encountered: James Wilson and Provincial Cartography in the United States, 1790-1840," Common-Place 4 (January 2004)

-Suggested Readings-

Laura Rigal, The American Manufactory: Art, Labor, and the World of Things in the Early Republic (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), 21-54, 179-204.

David Henkin, City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998).

John W. Reps, Views and Viewmakers of Urban America (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1984).

Patricia Cohen, Timothy Gilfoyle and Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2008), 17-77.

Martin Brückner, The Geographic Revolution in Early America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006), 98-141

-Websites-

Images of Native Americans
Campfire Stories with George Catlin

 

12:30-1:30Lunch (GDH)
1:30-3:00 Session VIII: Website Sleuthing, Jaffee and Hewes (GDH)
3:00-5:00 Research in the collection

 

Wednesday, June 23

9:00-10:30Session IX: Lithography, Barnhill (AH)

-Required Reading-

Sally Pierce, "Early American Lithography: Images to 1830," in Early American Lithography by Sally Pierce, Catharina Slautterback and Georgia Brady Barnhill (Boston: Boston Athenaeum, 1997), 9-23.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

-Suggested Reading-

John Vlach, The Planter's Prospect (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2002), 113-32.

-Website-

The David Claypoole Johnston Family Illustrated Box List

 

10:30-11:00Break (GDH)
11:00-12:30Session X: Parlor Culture, Jaffee (GDH)

-Required Readings-

Katherine Grier, Culture and Comfort: People, Parlors, and Upholstery (Rochester, NY: The Strong Museum, 1988), 19-58.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

Michael Clapper, "I Was Once a Barefoot Boy!": Cultural Tensions in a Popular Chromo" American Art 16:2 (Summer 2002): 16-39.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

Lauren Hewes. "'Dedicated to the lovers of art and literature,' The Cosmopolitan Art Association Engravings, 1856-1861." Imprint 31:2 (2006): 2-18.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

David Jaffee, "John Rogers Takes His Place in the Parlor," John Rogers: American Stories (Philip Wilson, 2011).
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(for seminar participants; password required)

-Suggested Readings-

Rachel N. Klein, "Art and Authority in Antebellum New York City: The Rise and Fall of the American Art-Union," Journal of American History 81 (March 1995): 1534-61.

David Jaffee, "One of the Primitive Sort: Portrait Makers of the Rural North, 1760-1860" in The Countryside in the Age of Capitalist Transformation: Essays in the Social History of Rural America, ed., Steven Hahn and Jonathan Prude (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985), 103-40.

Sarah Burns, "Cartoons in Color: David Gimour Blythe's Very Uncivil War," in Patricia Johnston, ed. Seeing High & Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006), 66-83.

April F. Masten, Art Work: Women Artists and Democracy in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New York (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).

 

12:30-1:30Lunch (GDH)
1:30-3:00 p.m.Session XI: Parlor Culture (continued), Jaffee (AH)
3:30-5:00 p.m.Research in the library or visit to the Worcester Art Museum

 

Thursday, June 24

9:00-10:30 a.m.Session XII: Photographic Processes, Sally Pierce (CR)

-Required Readings-

Wendy Wick Reaves and Sally Pierce, "Translations from the Plate: The Marketplace of Public Portraiture," Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes (Rochester, NY: George Eastman House, 2005), 89-103.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

John Stauffer, "Daguerreotyping the National Soul: The Portraits of Southworth & Hawes, 1843-1860," Young America, 57-74.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

Martha Sandweiss, Print the Legend: Photography and the American West (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004), 155-205.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

-Suggested Readings-

Anthony W. Lee, A Shoemaker's Story: Being Chiefly about French Canadian Immigrants, Enterprising Photographers, Rascal Yankees, and Chinese Cobblers in a Nineteenth-Century Factory Town (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008)

Robin Kelsey, "Viewing the Archive: Timothy O'Sullivan's Photographs for the Wheeler Survey," Art Bulletin (December 2003): 702-723

Anna Pegler-Gordon, "Chinese Exclusion, Photography, and the Development of U.S. Immigration Policy," American Quarterly 58 (Spring 2006) 51-77.

Laura Wexler, Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000)

-Website-

Secrets of the Dark Chamber: The Art of the American Daguerreotype

 

10:30-11:00Break
11:00-12:30 p.m. Session XIII: Photographs as Evidence, Pierce and Jaffee

-Readings-

See above

12:30-1:30Lunch (GDH)
1:30-3:00Session XIV: Racial Imagery in the Classroom, Elise V. Lemire, Associate Professor of Literature, School of Humanities, State University of New York at Purchase (GDH)

-Required Reading-

Elise Lemire, "Miscegenation:" Making Race in America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), 53-114.
Download chapter 3 as a pdf
Download chapter 4 as a pdf
(for seminar participants; password required)

-Suggested Readings-

Kirk Savage, Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999).

Phillip Lapansky, "Graphic Discord: Abolitionist and Antiabolitionist Images," in The Abolitionist Sisterhood: Women's Political Culture in Antebellum America, ed. Jean Fagan Yellin and John C. Van Horne (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994), 201-30.

Shawn Michelle Smith, "Photographing the 'American Negro': Nation, Race, and Photography at the Paris Exposition of 1900," in Looking for America: The Visual Production of Nation and People, ed. Ardis Cameron (New York: Blackwell, 2004), 61-93.

Marcus Wood, Blind Memory: Visual Representations of Slavery in England and America, 1780-1865 (New York: Routledge, 2000).

Martin Berger, Sight Unseen: Whiteness and American Visual Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005), 11-42.

-Website-

American Political Prints

 

3:00-3:15Break
3:15-5:00Session XV: Teaching from Online Resources, Joshua Brown, CUNY Graduate Center, and Jaffee (GDH)

 

Friday, June 25

9:00-10:30 a.m.Session XVI: Picturing the City, Brown (GDH)

-Required Readings-

Joshua Brown, Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life, and the Crisis of Gilded Age America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002), 7-57.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

Rebecca Zurier, Picturing the City: Urban Vision and the Ashcan School (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006), 45-85.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

-Suggested Readings-

Bonnie Yochelson and Daniel Czitrom, Rediscovering Jacob Riis: The Reformer, His Journalism, and His Photographs (New York: New Press, 2008).

Alan Trachtenberg, Reading American Photographs (New York: Hill and Wang, 1991), Chapter 4

 

10:30-11:00Break
11:00-12:30 p.m.Session XVII: Chromolithography and Etching Revival, Barnhill (CR)

-Required Readings-

Clifford S. Ackley, "Sylvester Rosa Koehler and the American Etching Revival," Art and Commerce: American Prints of the Nineteenth Century. (Boston: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1978), 143-150.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

Peter Marzio, "The Democratic Art of Chromolithography in America: An Overview," Art and Commerce, 76-102.
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(for seminar participants; password required)

-Suggested Readings-

Amanda Frisken, "Obscenity, Free Speech, and 'Sporting News' in 1870s America," Journal of American Studies 42 (2008): 537-77.

Jay T. Last, The Color Explosion: Nineteenth Century American Lithography (Santa Ana, 2005).

Neil Harris, "Iconography and Intellectual History: The Halftone Effect," in Cultural Excursions: Marketing Appetites and Cultural Tastes in Modern America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), 304-17.

 

12:30-2:00Lunch and Final Comments (GDH)