Collecting and the body in late-Victorian and Edwardian museums

Hill, Kate (2012) Collecting and the body in late-Victorian and Edwardian museums. In: Bodies and things in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230369382

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This chapter examines the collection and display of bodies, body parts and bodily objects by museums in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It argues that such objects presented a problem because of their blurring of the boundaries between subject and object, science and emotion. Museums attempted to police such boundaries in the way they treated and displayed the objects, but as the numbers and popularity of such objects grew, museums instead became a site where dichotomies were resisted.

Keywords:history of museums, history of collecting, bodies, Digitised
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V390 History by Topic not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:6809
Deposited On:12 Nov 2012 21:23

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