Article | Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011 | Musealizing Napoleon (1837-2011): From Traditional Representations to a Dualistic European Master Narrative

Title:
Musealizing Napoleon (1837-2011): From Traditional Representations to a Dualistic European Master Narrative
Author:
Felicity Bodenstein: Universitå de Paris-Sorbonne, France
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Year:
2012
Conference:
Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011
Issue:
078
Article no.:
027
Pages:
407-456
No. of pages:
50
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2012-10-30
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


The paper will successively establish why national museums in the past generally constructed the image of Napoleon as a “Grand homme”; a heroic leader and patron of the arts; providing a more unified; consensual vision and tendentiously hagiographic presentation of Napoleon than the more divided domain of general written historiography. It will also show how permanent presentations and temporary exhibits in the last two decades have attempted to revise different aspects of the museum’s master narratives of Napoleon by desacralizing the representation of his physical body; underlining his role in one of Europe’s most horrific wars and examining from a political point of view the artistic productions of his time and thus moving towards a more dualistic narrative. These recent museographical reinterpretations of Napoleon’s role in exhibitions held across Europe seem to have allowed him to incarnate many ambiguous aspects of the European idea and the sometimes-contradictory nature of its history as his memorial role as moved from the national to a more European paradigm.

Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011

Author:
Felicity Bodenstein
Title:
Musealizing Napoleon (1837-2011): From Traditional Representations to a Dualistic European Master Narrative
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Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011

Author:
Felicity Bodenstein
Title:
Musealizing Napoleon (1837-2011): From Traditional Representations to a Dualistic European Master Narrative
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