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Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of approaches to museums and their relation to history, culture, philosophy and their adoring or combative publics.
  • Brings together for the first time a wide array of texts that mix contemporary analysis with historical documentation
  • Includes five sections that highlight central themes in museum studies: issue-oriented contexts in museology; states of "nature"; the status of nations; history, memory and other locations; and arts, crafts and visitors
  • Addresses the development of museums, the role of the museum in society, and issues central to contemporary museum studies
  • Opens with an introductory essay that situates museum studies in a truly interdisciplinary context and includes an opening essay for each section that guides the reader through the selections
  • Includes a bibliography and list of resources devoted to museum studies that makes the volume an authoritative guide on the subject
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Combining important historical texts, classic critical analyses, and current commentary on the museum, this anthology is a unique resource for Museum Studies. It is especially useful in assembling sophisticated discussions of many kinds of institutions, including museums of art, history, anthropology, and natural history." Bruce Altshuler, New York University

"The rich diversity of contexts and commentaries in this collection reveals the fascination of the museum not only for curators and museologists, but also for anthropologists, architects, politicians, historians, critics, and poets. The breadth of the survey is a timely reminder that the condition of our museums is – and has always been – a barometer of social attitudes and change." Helen Rees Leahy, University of Manchester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631228301
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/3/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 680
  • Sales rank: 1,344,215
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Bettina Messias Carbonell has recently joined the faculty of the Department of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Prior to this she taught interdisciplinary seminars in visual cultures, museum studies, American studies, aesthetics, and ethics at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. She also taught in the Graduate Program in American Studies / Museum and Communities concentration at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

General Introduction: Museum / Studies And The “Eccentric Space” Of An Anthology.


Part I: Museology: A Collection Of Contexts:.

Editor’s Introduction.

1. Foreword: Germain Bazin (Late Of L’École Du Louvre).

2. The Museum: Its Classical Etymology And Renaissance Genealogy: Paula Findlen (Stanford University).

3. The Universal Survey Museum: Carol Duncan And Alan Wallach (Ramapo College; College Of William And Mary).

4. Brain Of The Earth’s Body: Museums And The Framing Of Modernity: Donald Preziosi (University Of California, Los Angeles).

5. The Museum Refuses To Stand Still: Kenneth Hudson (Late, Independent Scholar).

6. The Mirror And The Tomb: Africa, Museums, And Memory: Françoise Lionnet (University Of California, Los Angeles).

7. Seeing Through Solidity: A Feminist Perspective On Museums: Gaby Porter: (Independent Scholar).

8. Museums Of ‘Human Suffering’ And The Struggle For Human Rights: Terence M. Duffy (University Of Ulster).


9. At The Holocaust Museum: Alice Friman (Independent Scholar).

Part II: States Of “Nature” In The Museum:.

Natural History, Anthropology, Ethnology.

Editor’s Introduction.

10. To The Citizens Of The United States Of America: Charles Willson Peale (Late, Philadelphia Museum).

11. Letter Of 1863 To Mr. Thomas G. Cary: Louis Agassiz (Late Of Harvard University).

12. The Development Of Ethnological Museums: Robert Goldwater (Late Of The City University Of New York And New York University).

13. Museums Of Ethnology And Their Classification: Franz Boas (Late Of Columbia University).

14. The Constitution Of Nature: Taxonomy As Politics In Jefferson, Peale, And Bartram: Christopher Looby (University Of California, Los Angeles).

15. Magnificent Intentions: Washington, D.C., And American Anthropology In 1846: Curtis Hinsley (Northern Arizona University).

16. Ethnology: A Science On Display: Fabrice Grognet (Musée De l’Homme).

17. Ambiguous Messages And Ironic Twists: Into The Heart Of Africa And The Other Museum: Enid Schildkrout (American Museum Of National History, New York, And Columbia University).

18. Thinking And Doing Otherwise: Anthropological Theory In Exhibitionary Practice: Mary Bouquet (University Of Utrecht).

19. Museum Matters: Gyan Prakash (Princeton University).


20. What White Publishers Won’t Print: Zora Neale Hurston (Late, Independent Scholar).

Part III: The Status Of Nations And The Museum:.

Editor’s Introduction.

21. Selections From “On The Museum Of Art” (Introductory Addresses On The Science And Art Department And The South Kensington Museum, Delivered 1857): J.C. Robinson (Late, Independent Scholar).

22. Museums And The Formation Of National And Cultural Identities: Annie E. Coombes (Birkbeck College, University Of London).

23. Fracturing The Imperial Mind: Eleanor Heartney (Independent Scholar).

24. Presidential Address To The Museums Association, Maidstone Conference, 1909: Henry Balfour (Late Of Pitt-Rivers Museum And University Museum, Oxford).

25. Picturing Feminism, Selling Liberalism: The Case Of The Disappearing Holbein: Jordanna Bailkin (University Of Washington).

26. The Architectural Museum From World’s Fair To Restoration Village: Edward N. Kaufman (Independent Scholar).

27. Addresses On The Occasion Of The Opening Of The American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, NYC : Robert W. De Forest, Grosvenor Atterbury, Elihu Root.

28. Telling The Story Of America: Elizabeth Broun (Smithsonian American Art Museum).

29. Some Thoughts About National Museums At The End Of The Century: Roger G. Kennedy (Independent Scholar).


30. The Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford: James Fenton (Poet).

Part IV: Locating History In The Museum:.

Editor’s Introduction.

31. Local Museums: Sir William Henry Flower (Late Of Anthropological Institute Of Great Britain And Ireland).

32. Memory, Distortion And History In The Museum: Susan Crane (University Of Arizona).

33. Collecting Ideas And Artifacts: Common Problems Of History Museums And History Texts: Thomas J. Schlereth (University Of Notre Dame).

34. Melodrama, Pantomime Or Portrayal? Representing Ourselves And The British Past Through Exhibitions In History Museums: Gaynor Kavanagh (Falmouth College Of Arts, Cornwall, UK).

35. Reality As Illusion, The Historic Houses That Become Museums: Mónica Risnicoff De Gorgas (Virrey Liniers Casa Museo Histórico Nacional, Argentina).

36. Artifacts As Expressions Of Society And Culture: Subversive Genealogy And The Value Of History: Mark Leone And Barbara Little (University Of Maryland; National Register Of Historic Places).

37. A Sense Of Another World: History Museums And Cultural Change: James Deetz (Late Of University Of Virgina).

38. Mining The Museum: Artists Look At Museums, Museums Look At Themselves: Lisa G. Corrin (Serpentine.

Gallery, London).


39. Other Icons, The Museums: Le Corbusier (Late, Independent Scholar).

Part V: Arts, Crafts, Audiences:.

Editor’s Introduction.

40. The Museum As An Art Patron: John Cotton Dana (Late Of The Newark Museum).

41. Aims And Principles Of The Construction And Management Of Museums Of Fine Art: Benjamin Ives Gilman (Late.

Of The Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston, And American Association Of Museums).

42. Museum: Georges Bataille (Late Of The Collège De Sociologie).

43. Conclusion To The Love Of Art: Pierre Bourdieu, Alain Darbel With D. Schnapper (Late Of The Collège De France, Paris).

44. Art And The Future’s Past: Philip Fisher (Harvard University).

45. Museums Without Collections: Museum Philosophy In West Africa: Malcolm Mcleod (University Of Glasgow).

46. Cultural Entrepreneurship In Nineteenth-Century Boston, Part II: The Classification And Framing Of American Art: Paul Dimaggio (Princeton University).

47. Women At The Whitney, 1910-30: Feminism/Sociology/Aesthetics: Janet Wolff (Columbia University).

48. Zero Gravity: Maurice Berger (Independent Scholar).

49. Introduction To The Museum As Muse, Artists Reflect: Kynaston Mcshine (Museum Of Modern Art, New York).

50. Exhibiting Mestizaje: The Poetics And Experience Of The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum: Karen Mary Davalos (Loyola Marymount University).

51. Resonance And Wonder: Stephen Greenblatt (Harvard University).

52. Changing Values In The Art Museum: Rethinking Communication And Learning: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill (University Of Leicester).


53. Secrets Of Encounter: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (New York University).

Selected Bibliography.

Biographical Notes On Contributors.


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