Unit 1 January16 (Summary& Thesis)

Culture and History


Haltman’s text explains the definition and characteristics of material culture. In addition, the article provides detailed accurate methods to the reader on ways to identify and analyze the object, which relates back to material culture. The text talks about the psychological and in-depth thinking that is necessary to apply when evaluating material culture. For example: how it affects our daily lives, the environment and surroundings that the object is in, life and death, and fear. Hartman’s summarizes that with these four themes intellectual, physical, emotional, and cultural the reader will get a lucid concept on discerning the significance of an object. On the other hand, from my point of view will it provide the capability to explain and connect with the object why is it important to us without providing a negative opinion or a biased response on the audience.



Hartman’s provides an analysis that each time we classify an object we interpret the significance of the object by embracing the four procedures such as intellectual, physical, emotional, and cultural.


Gretchen T. Buggeln, “American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture.” Jules David Prown. Kenneth Haltman ,” Winterthur Portfolio 36, no. 4 (Winter, 2001).

Unit 1 response reading Jan-11 Homework A&B Questions


a) Haltman expounds in the Essays in Material Culture and went in great in depth of understanding how an individual interprets an object and created a masterpiece model. He created a lucid essay by using a variety of huge vocabulary that really brings the subject together. He provides steps to the reader in identifying using the correct methodology to analyze that object which relates back to material culture. In addition, he provides extra feedback on how to convey your own response to have a non-biased opinion and improving the transition and flow of your interpretation. As a result, the audience will not view you as biased and will comprehend the article very well.

B) (1) “Without pleasure taken in the work of the imagination, nothing of the sort is possible. Indeed, little defeats the purpose of this exercise so well as rigor without reverie.”

(2) “Meaning lies hidden in thematic figurations, in structural and functional metaphors, in polarities such as those schematized by Prown, cited above-hidden, but easily discernible, if only we go to the trouble of making them out.”

He means that we need to utilize our imagination by thinking outside the box not just seeing the object description by eyesight. Hartman’s wants the readers to improve their thinking and ability to research information. On the other hand, the passage was very meaningful and interesting because he believes that if we can connect the object in-depth with our imagination, we can find numerous possibilities on analyzing the object not just on how the object affect us from our emotional and physicality.