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Item Number: 147182
Title: Marie Antoinette at Petit Trianon : Heritage Interpretation and Visitor Perceptions
Author: Maior-Barron, Denise
Record created on 10/30/17
Description: London: Routledge, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 327pp. illus.
Summary: Marie Antoinette at Petit Trianon challenges common perceptions of the last Queen of France, appraising the role she played in relation to the events of French Revolution through an original analysis of contemporary heritage practices and visitor perceptions at her former home, the Petit Trianon. Controversy and martyrdom have placed Marie Antoinette’s image within a spectrum of cultural caricatures that range from taboo to iconic. With a foundation in critical heritage studies, this book examines the diverse range of contemporary images portraying Marie Antoinette’s historical character, showing how they affect the interpretation and perception of the Petit Trianon. By considering both producers and receivers of these cultural heritage exponents - Marie Antoinette’s historical figure and the historic house museum of the Petit Trianon - the book expands current understandings of twenty-first century cultural heritage perceptions in relation to tourism and popular culture. A useful case study for academics, researchers and postgraduate students of cultural heritage, it will also be of interest to historians, keepers of house museums and those working in the field of tourism studies.
Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. The Symbolic Value of 'Places of Memory' in the Nationalist Era of the French Third Republic. 3. 'Places of Memory' Anchored in Postmodernity. 4. Methodology, Fieldwork Research Method and Evidence. 5. Historical and Cinematic Narratives Encoding Marie Antoinette;s Contemporary Perception. 6. The 18th Century Architectural and Heritage Narratives of Petit Trianon Assessed via the 2008 Restoration. 7. Republican, Royalist and 'In-between' Memories of Marie Antoinette at Petit Trianon. 8. 'Ange ou Démon?' Contemporary Images of the Last Queen of France at Petit Trianon.
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