Communication ETDs

Publication Date

12-1-2010

Abstract

As public places, museums negotiate authenticity and re-presentation, fact and ideology, memory and the present confronting a basic question for museums directors, curators, and visitors alike: what is the truth here? In this dissertation, the content and form of four Jewish museums are examined rhetorically: The Jewish Museum, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, both in New York City; the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Four metaphors--rootedness, embeddedness, enshrinement, and transcendence--capture the ways each of these museums conceptualizes and presents Jewish culture.

Language

English

Keywords

Jewish, Museum, Rhetoric, Narrative, Public Space, Place

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Communication

Level of Degree

Doctoral

Department Name

Department of Communication and Journalism

First Advisor

Foss, Karen

First Committee Member (Chair)

Condon, John

Second Committee Member

Gandert, Miguel

Third Committee Member

Szabo, Joyce

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