Folklore | The American Home
F540 | 21448 | Glassie

Meets with F440. The landscape is a vast, intricate construction, the
resource for a more democratic history. Centered upon the American
home, this course, heavily illustrated with slides, will demonstrate
how material culture can be analyzed to provide a broader, richer
account of the human past. While reaching out for cross-cultural
comparisons, the course will concentrate on the European-American
architectural tradition of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,
with particular attention to regional formation, national convergence
and conflict. Readings will be drawn from the abundant literature on
vernacular architecture. There will be a major project which can be
either bibliographic or based upon field research.

Advanced undergraduate students and graduate students from all
departments are welcome.