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WRPR 164: Materiality and Spectacle in 19th C. U.S. (HC) Spring 2022

Writing Program 164: Materiality and Spectacle in 19th Century United States (Snyder) Spring 2022

Materiality and Spectacle in the 19th Century United States

Unknown Artist. Niagara Falls, factories in distance. Ca. 1865. 812R, Haverford Quaker & Special Collections.


This guide focuses on the topics in your course and outlines research strategies and resources for your final project.  Use the searches and linked examples as jumping off points for exploration.

The Background Information page will help in developing your research questions and understanding the broader context in which issues, artifacts and texts were created and used.  Journal Articles and Books will give you scholarly material for cultural and historical analyses.  Primary sources, both texts and images, provide more direct information from the relevant historical time period.  Use the <b>various Topic Pages</b> as well as the Primary Sources and Digital Collections pages to find source materials related to your project.  They in turn can often prompt ideas about the means of production, intended audience, and associated social and cultural meanings.