In the Looking Glass: Mirrors and Identity in Early America (Hardback)Rebecca K. Shrum (author)
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Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
A superb reflection of the many meanings held by an object usually taken for granted. Highly recommended. * Choice *
Shrum's work is required reading for upcoming scholars who are attempting to trace the social life of things in the formation of American identities. -- Christopher Allison, University of Chicago * Journal of Southern History *
In the Looking Glass: Mirrors and Identity in Early America is an important contribution to the fields of early American history, material culture studies, and cultural and American studies. Shrum's study will help scholars recognize how the study of records and other historical evidence, in highlighting the silence of certain groups of people, also enables us to see what forces determined those silences. -- Chiara Cillerai, St. John's University * Early American Literature *
Shrum's accomplishment is to tease out the many meanings that made looking glasses among the most widely owned and used consumer good in early America. -- Paul G. E. Clemens, Rutgers University-New Brunswick * Reviews in American History *
Rebecca Shrum's [In the Looking Glass] packs a powerful punch. Moving deftly over the course of three centuries, she presents an original, interdisciplinary and utterly fascinating reading of the multiple uses and meanings of mirrors among European Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans... an important and thoughtprovoking study of a widely used object, which we all too often take for granted, and its very exceptional history. -- Sharon Halevi, University of Haifa * Journal of Social History *
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