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Visual Arts [electronic resource]

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Reveals how paintings, sculpture, and other works of visual art express ideals in their own language. Demonstrates how to identify the style, form, and subject matter of appropriate works to help draw out the cultural setting of literary texts.
Online
2003
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Political History [electronic resource]

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Explains how speeches, protest posters, and cartoons capture the political views of various groups. Pairing the study of literature with close readings of appropriate political artifacts, this session demonstrates how to comprehend the place and time of a text.
Online
2003
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Social History [electronic resource]

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Introduces the discipline of social history, which focuses on the lives of ordinary people. Demonstrates how to find clues to personal histories in diaries, photos, music, and clothing. Illustrates how literature can be more fully understood when paired with social history artifacts that reflect the cultural norms of the time.
Online
2003
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Cultural Geography [electronic resource]

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Introduces the study of cultural geography, which focuses on how we shape our surrounding space, and how natural and man-made landscapes affect our perspectives. Examines literary texts through the lens of relationships of people to their environments.
Online
2003
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Domestic Architecture [electronic resource]

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Explains how furniture placement and interior design relay information about social attitudes and norms of behavior. Explores what these interior spaces reveal about the cultural setting and period of a literary text.
Online
2003
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Oral Histories [electronic resource]

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Oral histories can serve a dual role in the classroom: as a type of literature to be studied in itself and as artifacts that help explain other literary works. Focuses on how folk songs, interviews, and other oral histories provide alternative views of a text's cultural setting.
Online
2003
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Ceremonial Artifacts [electronic resource]

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Explores how objects used in religious ceremonies embody the spiritual beliefs of the cultures they represent. By better understanding these sacred beliefs, teachers learn to help their students connect to literary texts from unfamiliar cultural contexts.
Online
2003