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作者 Marcinkus, Andrea Kolasinski
書名 Nature fancywork: Women's discourse with nature through craft in late nineteenth-century America
國際標準書號 9780549636854
book jacket
說明 249 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 69-05, Section: A, page: 2015
Adviser: Beverly Gordon
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008
This dissertation examines fancywork made from natural materials created by American women from 1850 to 1914. Because nature fancywork embodies the attitudes and cultural values of the maker towards the natural world, these objects help us understand how women viewed, used, and re-appropriated elements of nature to fulfill their roles as culturizers in nineteenth-century America
Through the comparison of extant fancywork objects and the fancywork ideal presented in women's periodicals, I track not only significant changes in object type, material, and technique, but also how nature fancywork functioned as a personal and cultural reflection. I map the shifting functions and roles of these objects and present a series of object case studies. I demonstrate that during the 1870s, at the peak of popularity of the genre, nature fancywork expressed a range of cultural themes, including a fascination with science, artificial reality, religion, and morality. The objects also functioned as mementos and as expressions of play and creativity. Towards the end of the century, changes in these objects reflected a significant cultural shift. Reflecting the new commodity culture, the natural materials themselves no longer had the same meaning or cultural resonance after 1890. Certain materials became codified, however, to represent specific holidays (e.g. pinecones and Christmas). Nature fancywork also became increasingly juvenilized and associated with children as women's roles shifted
School code: 0262
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 69-05A
主題 American Studies
History, United States
Art History
Design and Decorative Arts
Women's Studies
Alt Author The University of Wisconsin - Madison
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