Interpreting the Domestic Interior 1830-1930
The period 1830-1930 witnessed a nation that possessed an expanding frontier, a belief in personal upward mobility and the freedom for great geographic and social mobility. Supported by the innovations in technology, communications and science the built environment and material culture of the nation changed dramatically between 1830 and 1930. Apart from examining the stylistic changes occurring in architecture and domestic fashion the students are encouraged to examine and consider the evolution of issues such as comfort, domesticity, hygiene, privacy, gender and the technology of the domestic interior. Source material includes trade catalogues, novels, films, house plans and other period and contemporary resources. Prerequisite(s): HIPR 701.