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Museums of the mind : German modernity and the dynamics of collecting

Author: Peter McIsaac
Publisher: University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2007.
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"Museums of the Mind is the first book to explore the evolving relationship of collecting and the German literary imagination since the invention of the public museum. This study shows that in addition to redefining categories of art, history, and identity in modernity, the museum transforms the relationship between material objects and imaginative narratives. Using new categories, Peter McIsaac constructs a  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter McIsaac
ISBN: 9780271029917 0271029919 9780271058702 0271058706
OCLC Number: 81860934
Description: xiii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: The museum function, inventoried consciousness, and German-speaking literature --
Inventoried consciousness today : Durs Grünbein and W.G. Sebald --
Ottilie under glass : collecting as disciplinary regime in Goethe's Wahlverwandtschaften --
The museum of Bildung : collecting in Stifter's Nachsommer --
Archaeology, exhibition, and tourism : Raabe's "Keltische Knochen" --
Flöneur optical, collector tactile : Rilke's Neue Gedichte as imaginary museum landscape --
"Quiet violence" : the Army Museum in Ingeborg Bachmann's Malina --
(re)collecting the twentieth century : Siegfried Lenz's Heimatmuseum.
Responsibility: Peter M. McIsaac.
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