Material culture refers to objects that are created and used on a daily basis. In China, the material objects of culture include porcelain, furniture, textiles, and sacred objects. This physical evidence helps us understand times and places in different ways than we might from the study of high art. Such objects, mass-produced or hand-crafted, inform us about culture and its priorities. This course will explore the large realm of the production of material culture in China in order to elucidate historical concerns, attitudes and social needs as embedded in objects. Material culture engages with history in interdisciplinary ways that are difficult to access through other types of study.
Lecturer: Ruby Pui Yi LEUNG
Assessment: 100% coursework.