Return and Repetition: Methodological Enquiries in Material Culture Studies

Kate Smith, Leonie Hannan

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Repetition has long been an important tool in such fields of humanities research as literary studies and art history, in which scholars repeatedly return to texts and images to develop critically engaged understandings. Historians also need to adopt repetition as a distinct methodology, particularly in relation to the material world. Repetitive engagement with the material world has the potential to open up new research avenues for historians, through a greater awareness of the questions prompted by things. It also provides a means of developing much-needed material literacies and extending and expanding modes of attention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-59
JournalJournal of Interdisciplinary History
Issue number1
Early online date31 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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