Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
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by Sara Powell
I. Forkful: how I use forks
II. Forkstory: the history of the fork
II. a. fork manners: the evolution of fork etiquette
III. Forkless: how I don't use forks
III. a. the fork & food: the fork as mediator between eater and eaten
III. b. table setting: the fork as agent
IV. Forkstuffs: materiality of the fork
Epilogue: They tell me that this is culturally relevant. But I don't watch MTV.
Posted at Sep 30/2008 06:10PM:
tleppard: Hi Sara. Aside from the Norbert Elias CW recommended, you might also look at James Deetz, 'Small Things Forgotten' (1977 I think?). Good luck with the reading!
Posted at Oct 09/2008 12:48AM:
Tiana Hertel: Sara, you could look into family heirloom silverware tying into the ideas of value, possession and memory
Posted at Oct 09/2008 02:01PM:
mark geldbaugh: Sara, thank you for the look into 'poubelle'. To your project, not sure where you are focusing, but here is a thought---I am a father of a 5 year old and recall with humor her early attempts at mastering a fork. It is a process of learning about one's own body, positions in space and gravity....mediated by the fork.
Posted at Oct 27/2008 10:57AM:
chris witmore: Hi Sara, Professor Steven Lubar came across your project and suggested you might take a look at:
The Spoon : With Upwards Of One Hundred Illustrations, Primitive, Egyptian, Roman, Mediaeval, And M / by Habbakuk O. Westman.
Ewbank, Thomas, 1792-1870. London : Wiley & Putnam, 1845. 288 p., 8 leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
1845 PRINTED MATL LOCATION CALL # VOL. STATUS RISD SPECIAL NK7235 .W5 LIB USE ONLY
At the RISD library...
Posted at Dec 20/2008 12:28PM:
chris witmore: I really enjoyed reading your project Sara. It is well structured. The anecdotes of your personal engagements on forkful and forkless days make for a wonderful addition to the study. I will not be able to interact with my dinner fork this evening as zuhanden. Great work.