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Performing the knowing archive: Heritage performance and authenticity

Kidd, Jenny 2011. Performing the knowing archive: Heritage performance and authenticity. International Journal of Heritage Studies 17 (1) , pp. 22-35. 10.1080/13527258.2011.524003

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This article presents findings from the Performance, Learning and Heritage project at the University of Manchester 2005–2008. Using evidence from four case studies, it provides insight into the ways visitors to museums and heritage sites utilise their understandings of ‘the authentic’ in making sense of their encounters with performances of the past. Although authenticity is a contested and controversial concept, it remains a significant measure against which our respondents analyse and critique their encounters with ‘the past’. Beyond superficial analyses, however, it is noted that many respondents demonstrate more sensitive and nuanced reflections on the museum as a site of authenticity and authority, reflections aided by the very fictionality of the mode of interpretation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Uncontrolled Keywords: performance, authenticity, interpretation, heritage
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1352-7258
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 03:35

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