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Transforming Author Museums
From Sites of Pilgrimage to Cultural Hubs
Edited by Ulrike Spring, Johan Schimanski and Thea Aarbakke
376 pages, 32 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-243-8 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-244-5 eBook Not Yet Published
“This is a fine and rich collection of essays on the topic of the literary museum, notably on the writer's house museum. It offers engaging perspectives and new horizons that in the international scholarship on this topic will be highly appreciated.” • Harald Hendrix, University of Utrecht
Literary museums today must respond to new challenges; the traditional image of the author’s home museum as a sacred place of literary pilgrimage centered around a national hero has been questioned, and literary museums have begun to develop new strategies centered not only on biography, but also literary texts, imagined spaces, different readers, historical contexts, architectural concepts, and artistic interventions. As this volume shows, the changing of spaces ask how literary museums create new ways of interlinking real and literary spaces, texts, objects, readers, and tourists.
Ulrike Spring is Associate Professor of Modern European History at the University of Oslo, and Visiting Professor of History at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Key publications include Passagiere des Eises: Polarhelden und Arktische Diskurse 1874 (co-author 2015) and Expeditions as Experiments: Practising Observation and Documentation (co-editor 2016).
Johan Schimanski is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo and Visiting Professor of Cultural Encounters at the University of Eastern Finland. Key publications include Passagiere des Eises: Polarhelden und Arktische Diskurse 1874 (co-author 2015) and Border Aesthetics: Concepts and Intersections (co-editor 2017).
Thea Aarbakke is a doctoral fellow in the Norwegian Research Council funded project "Transforming Author Museums." She holds an MA in history on the topic of the "National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Norway at the end of the 19th century." Her thesis is a museological study of exhibition practices at literary museums in Norway in the 21st century.