ERIC Number: EJ1061240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Colonial Museums in the Us (Un)translated
Valdeón, Roberto A.
Language and Intercultural Communication, v15 n3 p362-375 2015
This paper examines the role of museums in the creation of anglophone stories in the USA, and how the (non-)translation of signs contributes to create a narrative of exclusion vis-à-vis other groups, notably native Americans, the Spanish, and the French. Particular attention is paid to open-air museums that preserve old buildings and areas reminiscent of the colonial past. The analysis will rely on the concept of "knower," a term referring to those in charge of selecting and arranging the information that accompanies the exhibits, and "propaganda," as used by Stanard in his study of the official discourse used to justify the Belgian empire. The article also draws on Kress and van Leeuwen's model for the analysis of multimodal texts.
Descriptors: Museums, United States History, Foreign Policy, American Indians, Power Structure, Models, Exhibits, Propaganda, Spanish, Land Settlement, Anglo Americans
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