>Day 5

>Woke up this morning and started skimming Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums and Heritage (1998). Found some useful material in chapter three, “Destination Museum,” so I sat down to work it into chapter four. I added about 150 words before E woke up and started his incessant chattering.

While perusing Kirshenblatt-Gimblett I came up with a good idea for a small, non-Peer Gynt project on the Ibsen Museum.

Later: up to 523 words by adding an introductory section to the chapter based on Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. Now I need to turn my attention to Nicola J. Watson and define “literary tourism” for the chapter. But I think I’ll read a little further in Kirshenblatt-Gimblett first, to make sure I’m not missing things of major importance. I think I need to read chapter one, “Objects of Ethnography,” where she defines “in situ” display in terms of metonymy and mimesis.

Later still: added a short section to the conclusion, up to 705 words added to the chapter. I found the seven “propositions” (149) that Kirshenblatt-Gimblett bases her argument on really productive. Here they are:

  1. Heritage is a new mode of cultural production in the present that has recourse to the past.
  2. Heritage is a “value added” industry.
  3. Heritage produces the local for export.
  4. A hallmark of heritage is the problematic relationship of its objects to the instruments of their display.
  5. Heritage is produced through a process that forecloses what is shown.
  6. Heritage tests the alienability of inalienable possessions.
  7. A key to heritage productions is their virtuality, whether in the presence or the absence of actualities.
I found number four particularly useful, so I had to stop there and work it into my conclusion before reading further. I may come to regret my hastiness, but I’m really just so engaged by the reading that I get swept up in it. Now I have to stop working though and start engaging with my offspring!



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