Museum Studies

Museum Studies : An Anthology of Contexts

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Updated to reflect the latest developments in twenty-first century museum scholarship, the new Second Edition of
Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts presents a comprehensive collection of approaches to museums and their relation to history, culture and philosophy.
Unique in its deep range of historical sources and by its inclusion of primary texts by museum makers Places current praxis and theory in its broader and deeper historical context with the collection of primary and secondary sources spanning more than 200 yearsFeatures the latest developments in museum scholarship concerning issues of inclusion and exclusion, repatriation, indigenous models of collection and display, museums in an age of globalization, visitor studies and interactive technologiesIncludes a new section on relationships, interactions, and responsibilities Offers an updated bibliography and list of resources devoted to museum studies that makes the volume an authoritative guide on the subjectNew entries by Victoria E. M. Cain, Neil G.W. Curtis, Catherine Ingraham, Gwyneira Isaac, Robert R. Janes, Sean Kingston, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Sharon J. Macdonald, Saloni Mathur, Gerald McMaster, Sidney Moko Mead, Donald Preziosi, Karen A. Rader, Richard Sandell, Roger I. Simon, Crain Soudien, Paul Tapsell, Stephen E. Weil, Paul Williams, and Andrea Witcomb
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  • Paperback | 680 pages
  • 188 x 244 x 36mm | 1,120.37g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 1405173815
  • 9781405173810
  • 254,811

About Bettina Messias Carbonell

Bettina Messias Carbonell is Associate Professor of English and Program Coordinator for the interdisciplinary Humanities and Justice major at John Jay College, City University of New York. Her publications and current research focus on ethics, aesthetics, and the representation of history in literary texts and in museums.
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Retaining the multidisciplinary focus of the critically acclaimed first edition, the new edition of Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts presents a comprehensive collection of approaches to museums and their relation to history, culture, and philosophy. Striking a careful balance between contemporary analysis and historical documentation, the new edition features primary and secondary texts spanning the course of some two hundred years of museum history that reveal a wealth of insights into culture and society.

Among the developments in twenty-first-century museum scholarship featured in this new edition are issues of inclusion and exclusion, repatriation, indigenous models of collection and display, museums in an age of globalization, visitor studies, and interactive technologies. A new section on relationships, interactions, and responsibilities focuses on the intersection of memory, history, ethics, and affect within the museum and beyond its walls. With its expansive nature and multidisciplinary approach, Museum Studies solidifies its reputation as the primary resource for this important academic discipline.
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Table of contents

Alternative Taxonomy xi
Notes on Contributors xvi
Acknowledgments xxiv
Introduction to the Second Edition: Museum/Studies and the Eccentric Space of an Anthology Revisited 1 Bettina M. Carbonell
Part I Museology: A Collection of Contexts 15
Introduction 15
1 From The Museum Age: Foreword 19 Germain Bazin
2 The Museum: Its Classical Etymology and Renaissance Genealogy 23 Paula Findlen
3 The Universal Survey Museum 46 Carol Duncan and Alan Wallach
4 Seeing Through Solidity: A Feminist Perspective on Museums 62 Gaby Porter
5 Universal Museums, Museum Objects and Repatriation: The Tangled Stories of Things 73 Neil G.W. Curtis
6 Narrativity and the Museological Myths of Nationality 82 Donald Preziosi
7 Museums, Civic Life, and the Educative Force of Remembrance 92 Roger I. Simon
8 The Memorial Museum Identity Complex: Victimhood, Culpability, and Responsibility 97 Paul Williams
9 At The Holocaust Museum 116 Alice Friman
Part II States of Nature in the Museum: Natural History, Anthropology, Ethnology 117
Introduction 117
10 To the Citizens of the United States of America 123 Charles Willson Peale
11 Letter of 1863 to Mr. Thomas G. Cary 125 Louis Agassiz
12 Museums of Ethnology and Their Classification 126 Franz Boas
13 Magnificent Intentions : Washington, D.C., and American Anthropology in 1846 129 Curtis M. Hinsley, Jr.
14 From Natural History to Science: Display and the Transformation of American Museums of Science and Nature 142 Karen A. Rader and Victoria E. M. Cain
15 The Development of Ethnological Museums 158 Robert Goldwater
16 Ethnology: A Science on Display 163 Fabrice Grognet
17 Ambiguous Messages and Ironic Twists: Into the Heart of Africa and The Other Museum 168 Enid Schildkrout
18 Thinking and Doing Otherwise: Anthropological Theory in Exhibitionary Practice 177 Mary Bouquet
19 The Mirror and the Tomb: Africa, Museums, and Memory 189 Francoise Lionnet
20 From Ethnology to Heritage: The Role of the Museum 199 Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
21 The Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford 206 James Fenton
Part III The Status of Nations and the Museum 209
Introduction 209
22 From On the Museum of Art: An Address 213 J. C. Robinson
23 Presidential Address to the Museums Association, Maidstone Meeting, 1909 218 Henry Balfour
24 Addresses on the Occasion of the Opening of the American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (November 10, 1924) 225 Robert W. de Forest, Grosvenor Atterbury, and Elihu Root
25 The Architectural Museum from World s Fair to Restoration Village 230 Edward N. Kaufman
26 Melodrama, Pantomime or Portrayal?: Representing Ourselves and the British Past through Exhibitions in History Museums 244 Gaynor Kavanagh
27 Artifacts as Expressions of Society and Culture: Subversive Genealogy and the Value of History 250 Mark P. Leone and Barbara J. Little
28 Museums and the Formation of National and Cultural Identities 260 Annie E. Coombes
29 Museums, National, Postnational and Transcultural Identities 273 Sharon J. Macdonald
30 Architecture and the Scene of Evidence 287 Catherine Ingraham
31 Some Thoughts about National Museums at the End of the Century 294 Roger G. Kennedy
Part IV Histories and Identities in the Museum 299
Introduction 299
32 Memory, Distortion, and History in the Museum 303 Susan A. Crane
33 Museum Matters 317 Gyan Prakash
34 Reality as Illusion, the Historic Houses that Become Museums 324 Monica Risnicoff de Gorgas
35 Mining the Museum: Artists Look at Museums, Museums Look at Themselves 329 Lisa G. Corrin
36 The Afterlife of Lynching: Exhibitions and the Re-composition of Human Suffering 347 Bettina Messias Carbonell
37 Exhibiting Mestizaje: The Poetics and Experience of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum 357 Karen Mary Davalos
38 Indigenous Models of Museums in Oceania 373 Sidney Moko Mead
39 Museums and the Native Voice 377 Gerald McMaster
40 Dangerous Heritage: Southern New Ireland, the Museum and the Display of the Past 383 Sean Kingston
41 Emerging Discourses around Identity in New South African Museum Exhibitions 397 Crain Soudien
Part V Art, Artifacts, and the Deployment of Objects in the Museum 407
Introduction 407
42 Aims and Principles of the Construction and Management of Museums of Fine Art 413 Benjamin Ives Gilman
43 The Museum as an Art Patron 421 John Cotton Dana
44 Cultural Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-century Boston, Part II: The Classification and Framing of American Art 425 Paul DiMaggio
45 Picturing Feminism, Selling Liberalism: The Case of the Disappearing Holbein 442 Jordanna Bailkin
46 Conclusion to The Love of Art 453 Pierre Bourdieu and Alain Darbel, with Dominique Schnapper
47 Art and the Future s Past 457 Philip Fisher
48 Museums Without Collections: Museum Philosophy in West Africa 473 Malcolm McLeod
49 Women at the Whitney, 1910 30: Feminism/Sociology/Aesthetics 478 Janet Wolff
50 From The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect: Introduction 491 Kynaston McShine
51 Zero Gravity 503 Maurice Berger
52 Museums and Globalization 510 Saloni Mathur
53 Changing Values in the Art Museum: Rethinking Communication and Learning 517 Eilean Hooper-Greenhill
54 Technology Becomes the Object: The Use of Electronic Media at the National Museum of the American Indian 533 Gwyneira Isaac
Part VI In and Beyond the Museum: Relationships, Interactions, Responsibilities 547
Introduction 547
55 Museums, Corporatism and the Civil Society 549 Robert R. Janes
56 Museums as Agents of Social Inclusion 562 Richard Sandell
57 Partnership in Museums: A Tribal Maori Response to Repatriation 575 Paul Tapsell
58 Interactivity in Museums: The Politics of Narrative Style 580 Andrea Witcomb
59 Speaking about Museums: A Meditation on Language 590 Stephen E. Weil
Selected Bibliography 599
Source Acknowledgments 615
Index 620
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?Carbonell's anthology is now a distinguished standard, useful as a sourcebook for ideas, teaching, even research. Like the museums she addresses, the collection is marked by its capaciousness of thought and attitude.? - Bruce Robertson, University of California, Santa Barbara ?Addressing topics as diverse as indigenous curation and technological and cultural interactivity, this anthology challenges museum studies tradition, arguing for the relevance of museums while celebrating the challenges of museum work.? - Steven Lubar, Brown University ?If the first edition of this acclaimed anthology was a landmark, this revised and enlarged edition is even better - with an impressive transnational coverage of topics, issues, and trends in historical and contemporary museum practice that will be essential reading for scholars, students and professionals.? - Conal McCarthy, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand ?This new edition offers an innovative and timely perspective on locating the emerging themes and debates in museum studies today. An essential reader for both the scholar and student that combines in a single volume both classic essays and more esoteric, hard-to-find sources.? - Christopher B. Steiner, Connecticut College
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