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How to analyze museum display: script, text, narrative

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Christopher Whitehead


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The most common approaches to analyzing displays conceptualize display variously, as script, text, narrative, theory, system, structure and map. Some of these approaches claim a systematic status that leads to notional ‘correct’ analyses. Others rest on and value subjective experience, more or less explicitly. This essay deals in particular with analytical approaches and potentials based on script, ritual, text and narrative, sometimes zooming in on the work of individual scholars to think in depth about how they make sense of given displays, and to examine the techniques that they model.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Whitehead C

Publication type: Online Publication

Publication status: Published

Series Title: CoHERE Critical Archive

Year: 2016

Acceptance date: 30/09/2016

ISSN (electronic): 2399-1143

Publisher: Newcastle University


DOI: 10.17634/154300-29

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