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Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts

Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780631228301
ISBN 10: 631228306
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2003-11-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 680
List Price: $72.95

Speaking reverently in hushed tones, keeping one's hands folded over one's belt buckle, and looking only where the guide points are appropriate behaviors in certain museums. In others, one juggles, sings along, and weeps. In this collection of 53 essays and meditations, editor Carbonell (visual cultures, museum studies, American studies, aesthetics, and ethics, New York U.) and contributors provide classic and modern perspectives on the purposes and responsibilities of a museum, and its opportunities to inform cognitively, emotionally and spiritually. Groups of essays address several issues in museum studies, including contexts of museums, how natural history, anthropology and ethnology are represented as "nature" and how museums represent the status of nations. Other articles examine how artifacts and their presentation affect the perception of history, and how museums influence perceptions of art and crafts, whether they operate primarily as patrons or as sources of inspiration. In an alternate taxonomy, articles are arranged to examine the history, theory, practices and poetics of museums. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR