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Sacred Relics: Pieces of the Past in Nineteenth-Century America

Teresa Barnett


This book examines the range of things from the past that nineteenth-century Americans called relics—the objects and part objects that were collected solely because they had been associated with a prominent person or event. It argues that, although its premises were in many ways far removed from those of our own historical artifacts, the relic was nonetheless a coherent form of representation in its own right and embodied a historically specific vision about what things from the past meant. In attempting to recuperate the relic’s meanings, the book advances three main arguments. First, it argu ... More

Keywords: Relics, Historical artifacts, Representation, Associate, Museums, Collect, Material

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226059600
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226059747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Teresa Barnett, author

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