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.
Jewish, Museum, Rhetoric, Narrative, Public Space, Place
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Department of Communication and Journalism
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Stauber, Judith. "JEWISH LANDSCAPES ROOTED, EMBEDDED, ENSHRINED, AND TRANSCENDENT: METAPHOR AS COMMUNICATED IN JEWISH MUSEUMS IN NEW YORK, JERUSALEM, AND SAN FRANCISCO." (2010). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/cj_etds/20