“Cultural history is the history of meanings and how people construct meanings out of various texts. All kinds of things can be texts that we read and interpret, even if we don’t normally think of them as texts.
“There are traditional sources such as sermons, philosophical treatises, fiction, and poetry. But there are also material objects we surround ourselves with: furniture, architecture, sculpture, paintings. Every artifact has a biography. Practically anything can be grist for the mill. Comic strips, cartoons, TV shows, and serious works.”