ERIC Number: EJ1144741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Visual Archaeology: Cultural Change Reflected by the Covers of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Fee, Samuel B.; Fee, Tara R.
Journal of Visual Literacy, v31 n2 p35-48 2012
In this paper, we describe the merits of "visual archaeology," or understanding the past through the analysis of images, as a method for teaching historical context. We begin by articulating the typical archaeological process for studying and analyzing material artifacts, and then describe the possibilities this process offers for considering images that also represent change through time--in this case, cover art from several editions of Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin." We argue that this method of teaching this important text helps students engage with the text's afterlife even when they possess little initial familiarity with the cultural contexts of its many editions.
Descriptors: Archaeology, Visual Literacy, Familiarity, Cultural Context, Novels, Teaching Methods, Literature, Graphic Arts, Case Studies, History Instruction, Visual Arts, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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