The Emergence of the Modern Museum: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Sources by Jonah SiegelThe Emergence of the Modern Museum: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Sources by Jonah Siegel

The Emergence of the Modern Museum: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Sources

byJonah Siegel

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The Emergence of the Modern Museum, a unique compendium of original sources, presents a detailed and dynamic account of the development of the museum and its practices in Britain during a crucial period of formation. From poignant recollections of visits to stately homes to charged debatesabout the acquisition of the Elgin Marbles or the establishment of an Indian Museum; from early catalogue entries describing the curiosities discovered by Captain Cook to later ones organizing human skulls according to Darwinian principles-this volume offers a representative sample of the diverse,contentious, and often moving ideas that have shaped the modern institution. With original selections, thematic organization, and insightful critical apparatus, this collection makes newly available a wide range of material, including proposals for reform laid out in parliamentary papers, essays byinfluential theorists and curators, and firsthand accounts of museum-going in the popular press.
Jonah Siegel is Professor of English at Rutgers University and President of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. He is the author of Haunted Museum: Longing, Travel, and the Art-Romance Tradition and Desire and Excess: The Nineteenth-Century Culture of Art.
Title:The Emergence of the Modern Museum: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century SourcesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceChronologyIntroductionPart One: From Collection to Museum1. Private Collections2. Towards a Public Art Collection3. The Public in the MuseumPart Two: Rationalizing the National Collections4. Art and the National Gallery5. Natural History and the British Museum6. Pedagogy: South Kensington and the Provinces7. Reform and Psychology of Museum Attendance8. From Wonders to Signs: Anthropology and Archeology9. Exhibiting IndiaGlossary of Frequently Cited Collectors and CollectionsContributors and WitnessesSuggestions for Further ReadingIndex