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“The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.” Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

“The things we carry” Conjunctive memory, meaning and interpretation in the preservation of the Plantation Great House: A Museum to Slavery in Tallahassee.

Abstract People carry things both figuratively or literally. This thesis focuses on the interpretation, symbolism and meaning in the preserving the Plantation Great House. This thesis will construct a methodology through the analysis of the meaning and how spaces in the Great House are defined, how its history, function, use and preservation affects the meaning of the Great House and how it produces meaning to different individuals in society.

Cari Anderson

How is it interpreted? SELECT SOURCE S HERMENEU to ARCHITECT PLANTATI TICS URE ON ANALYZE
How is it
interpreted?
SELECT
SOURCE
S
HERMENEU
to
ARCHITECT
PLANTATI
TICS
URE
ON
ANALYZE
UNDERSTAN
DERIVE
+
GREAT
DING
SLAVERY
HOUSE
SEMIOTICS
METHODOL
the Great
GY
Symbolism
Reality
House
Newspaper
-
HOW IS
Aesthetic
Published
PHENOMENO
MEANING
Papers
expression
LOGY
PRODUCED
Documentari
Character
es
- Materials
-  
SOCIAL
- Colors
RELATIONS
Fantasy
- Dimensions
Film
- Proportions
Artt
Novels
Media
- film
- Newspaper
Understand
Great
House
Plantation
Architecture
Artwork
through Language

Table of Contents

1.

Abstract

2.

Acknowledgement

3.

Table of Contents

4.

Introduction

5.

Definitions

6.

Architecture of the Plantation

1.

Buildings on the Plantation

2.

The Great House

7.

Architecture and Semiotics

1.

Signs – System of Communication

2.

Meaning and Symbol

8.

Architecture and Interpretation

1.

Definition interpretation

2.

When do we interpret

3.

How do we interpret

9.

Sources/ Examples of Plantation Semiotics

1.

Reality

2.

Fiction

10.Sources/ Examples of Plantation Interpretation

1.

Reality

2.

Fiction

11.Production of meaning in the Great House

1.

Social Relations

2.

Culture

12.Methodology derived from Great House

1.

Symbolism

2.

Aesthetic Expression

13.Language of Great House to Museum

14.Conclusion

15.Bibliography

Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory by James Oliver Horton, Lois E. Horton

America's slave past is being analyzed as never before, yet it remains one of the most contentious issues in U.S. memory. In recent years, the culture wars over the way that slavery is remembered and taught have reached a new crescendo. From the argument about the display of the Confederate flag over the state house in Columbia, South Carolina, to the dispute over Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave Sally Hemings and the ongoing debates about reparations, the questions grow ever more urgent and more difficult.

Edited by noted historians James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, this collection explores current controversies and offers a bracing analysis of how people remember their past and how the lessons they draw influence American politics and culture today. Bringing together some of the nation's most respected historians, including Ira Berlin, David W. Blight, and Gary B. Nash, this is a major contribution to the unsettling but crucial debate about the significance of slavery and its meaning for racial reconciliation.

Representations of Slavery: Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums Jennifer L. Eichstedt Stephen Small

How is slavery presented at the public and private plantation museums in the American South, almost 150 years after the Civil War? Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small investigated this question in Virginia, Georgia, and Louisiana by touring more than one hundred plantation museums; twenty locations organized and run by African Americans; and eighty general history sites. Their findings indicate that the experience and legacy of slavery is still inadequately presented within the larger discourse surrounding race, racism, and national identity.

The vast majority of slavery sites construct narratives of history that valorize a white elite of the pre-emancipation South and trivialize the experience of slavery for both enslaved people and their enslavers. Through systematic analysis of richly textured data, the authors of Representations of Slavery have developed a typology of primary representational/discursive strategies used to discuss slavery and the enslaved. They

clearly

to

representations and practices in the larger social and political arenas.

demonstrate

how

these

strategies

are

linked

Eichstedt and Small found counter narratives at sites organized and staffed by African Americans, and a small number of white-organized sites have made efforts to incorporate African American experiences of slavery as part of their presentations. But the predominant framework of the “white-centric

exhibition

from

contemporary literature on racialization, museums, cultural

studies, and collective memory to make a case for public debate and intervention.

narrative”

persists,

and

the

authors

draw

Literature

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