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The Author's EffectsOn Writer's House Museums$
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Nicola J. Watson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198847571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198847571.001.0001

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The Author's Effects
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Nicola J. Watson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198847571.003.0001

This chapter introduces an enquiry into the writer’s house museum as an idea and cultural form, arguing that it begins to emerge in the late eighteenth century as a widespread phenomenon. Starting from the working hypothesis that such museums are primarily designed to effect a figure of the author through the preservation and display of belongings within quasi-domestic space, it opens an investigation into the ways that authorial remains, possessions, and spaces came to remediate and locate the simultaneous materiality/immateriality of the author in ways that typically conceived place as national. It sites its investigation within current scholarship, defines terms, lays out a methodology, offers a guide to the remainder of the book, and argues its timeliness.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, Birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, John Milton, Milton’s Cottage Chalfont St Giles, Agatha Christie, Greenway, writer’s house museum, authorial object, authorial space, authorial time

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