Haltman Notes 9/14/17

  • Instead of looking at Haltman’s essay as discussion of material culture, we are looking at it now as a breakdown of the academic research process.
  • We are looking at the AIDS quilt as direct evidence of how people, families, cultures, etc. have been affected in the US
  • By describing the AIDS quilt on a material level, we are conducting research, though it will not be extrapolated to draw a broad conclusion
  • The primary source description falls under the descriptive stage of material analysis
  • While we are describing the quilt as what it looks like, we should have some kind of chronological description (ex: left to right, big picture to details)
  • Expository writing is often part of an argument, but the purpose is not persuasion, its purpose is to educate, to report, or to inform
  • Avoid putting the object into a general context and instead let it exist as its own object (don’t focus on it being a piece of the AIDS quilt, focus on the panel as itself)
  • Moving into deduction is an option in this case as focusing on description is the most important part
  • At the beginning of Fitzgerald’s essay, she describes the physical aspects of the Mohegan basket including dimensions, color, and material
  • Fitzgerald focuses on sight with a primarily visible description, but it would be valuable to also know how it feels to the touch. Smell would also be valuable as it could give us more information about the material

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