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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

About the Author

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.


?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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