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Literature, museums, and national identity; or, why are there so many writers' house museums in Britain?

Young, Linda 2015, Literature, museums, and national identity; or, why are there so many writers' house museums in Britain?, Museum history journal, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 229-246, doi: 10.1179/1936981615Z.00000000052.

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Title Literature, museums, and national identity; or, why are there so many writers' house museums in Britain?
Author(s) Young, Linda
Journal name Museum history journal
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 229
End page 246
Total pages 18
Publisher W. S. Maney & Son
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1936-9816
1936-9824
Keyword(s) house museum
literary houses
National Museum
author's house museum
writer's house museum
Summary Writers’ houses constitute the largest and oldest segment of historic house museums dedicated to famous persons in the United Kingdom. Litterateurs tend to ascribe ‘lit houses’ to the ineffable magic of readers’ connections to writers. By contrast, my analysis deploys the analytic of cultural politics to suggest that writers’ house museums can more fully be understood as assertions of national identity. The elision of language with national distinction is subliminal in everyday life, but can be brought to prominence by historicising the nations of the British Isles, and the practice of writing in English.
Language eng
DOI 10.1179/1936981615Z.00000000052
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, W.S. Maney & Son
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079050

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