Securing the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature by Paul EggertSecuring the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature by Paul Eggert

Securing the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature

byPaul Eggert

Paperback | February 16, 2009

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We all have a stake in the past and in its tangible preservation, and we trust professionals to preserve our cultural heritage for the future. However, restoration in all its forms is entangled in many contemporary theoretical debates and problems. This book is the first concerted effort to examine together the linked philosophies of the different arts of preserving and uncovering the past: the restoration of buildings, conservation of works of art, and editing of literary works to retrieve their original or intended texts. By investigating a series of recent crises in each of these areas, Securing the Past shows how their underlying justifications relate closely to one another. Paul Eggert shows how they have been philosophically undermined by postmodern theories and charts another, richer way forward to a new future for the past.
Title:Securing the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture and LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:February 16, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521725917

ISBN - 13:9780521725910


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The witness of historic buildings and the restoration of the churches; 3. The new Ruskinians and the new aesthetes; 4. Forgery and authenticity: historical documents, literary works and paintings; 5. Conservators and agency: their role in the work; 6. Subtilising authorship: Rembrandt, scientific evidence and modern connoisseurship; 7. Materialist, performance or literary Shakespeare?; 8. Modes of editing literary works: conflicts in theory and practice; 9. Readers and editors: new directions in scholarly editing; 10. The editorial gaze and the nature of the work; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"This book is well written, informative and challenging; above all, it provokes questions. Securing the Past will undoubtedly make an important contribution to intellectual debates about the decisions we make as we seek to preserve the past for the future...It is a volume to be highly recommended. I look forward to seeing Eggert's work being picked up and debated in those professional forums where it can make most impact." -Robyn Sloggett, Cultural Studies