Gender, Taste, and Material Culture
in Britain and North America in the
Long Eighteenth Century

The Huntington
San Marino, California
21-22 May 2004


Friday, 21 May 2004
8:30 Registration & Coffee
9:30 Welcome: Robert C. Ritchie (The Huntington)

Remarks: A V (AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Session 1 Spaces
Moderator: Shelley Bennett (The Huntington)

Bernard Herman (University of Delaware)
'Tabletop Conversations: Material Culture and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World'

Adrian Evans (University of the West of England)
'Spacing Identities and Identifying with Spaces: Towards a Performative Understanding of Gender, Taste, and the Domestic Interior in Eighteenth-Century Britain'

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Session 2 Acquisition
Moderator: John Brewer (California Institute of Technology)

Claire Walsh (University of Warwick)
'Going Shopping in Early Modern Britain: Men, Women, Shopping Styles, and the Art of Decision Making'

Ann Smart Martin (University of Wisconsin)
'Ribbons of Desire: Gendered Stories in the World of Goods'

Session 3 Domestic Economies
Moderator: Carole Shammas (University of Southern California)

Adrienne Hood (University of Toronto)
'White on White: The Domestic Manufacture and Use of Cotton Counterpanes in Britain and North America, 1790-1860'

Jonathan White (University of Southampton)
'The Labouring-Class Domestic Interior in Eighteenth-Century Social Thought'

Saturday, 22 May 2004
9:00 Registration & Coffee
9:30 Remarks: Viviana Narotsky and Hannah Greig (AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior, Royal College of Art)

Session 4 Things
Moderator: Kathryn Norberg (University of California, Los Angeles)

Hannah Greig (AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior,
Royal College of Art)
'Leading the Fashion: The Material Culture of London's Beau Monde'

Susan Stabile (Texas A & M University)
'Curious Tastes: A Philadelphia Wonder Cabinet, 1730-1840'

12:00 Lunch

1.00 Session 5 Appearances
Moderator: Ann Bermingham (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Wendy Bellion (Omohundro Institute of Early American
History and Culture)
'Tricksters in the House: Imitation Painting in Early America'

Kate Retford (Birkbeck University of London)
'Patrilineal Portraiture? Gender and Genealogy in the Eighteenth-Century Country House'

Session 6 Readings
Moderator: Felicity Nussbaum (University of California, Los Angeles)

Karen Lipsedge (Kingston University)
'"Enter into thy close": Women, Closet Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel'

Robert St. George (University of Pennsylvania)
'Reading Spaces in Eighteenth-Century New England'


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