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Marie Antoinette at Petit Trianon

Heritage Interpretation and Visitor Perceptions

By Denise Maior-Barron

© 2018 – Routledge

320 pages

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Hardback: 9781138565562
pub: 2018-04-15

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This book challenges common perceptions of Marie Antoinette, appraising the last Queen of France’s role in relation to the events of French Revolution through an original analysis of contemporary heritage practices and visitor perceptions at her former home, the Petit Trianon.

Controversy and martyrdom have placed Marie Antoinette’s image within a spectrum of cultural caricatures that range from taboo to iconic. With a foundation in critical heritage studies, this volume examines the diverse range of contemporary images portraying Marie Antoinette’s historical character, showing how they affect the interpretation and perception of Petit Trianon.

By considering both producers and receivers of these cultural heritage exponents - Marie Antoinette’s historical figure and the historic house museum of the Petit Trianon - the book expands current understandings of twenty-first century cultural heritage perceptions in relation to tourism and popular culture.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Symbolic Value of 'Places of Memory' in the Nationalist Era of the French Third Republic

3. 'Places of Memory' Anchored in Postmodernity

4. Methodology, Fieldwork Research Method and Evidence

5. Historical and Cinematic Narratives Encoding Marie Antoinette;s Contemporary Perception

6. The 18th Century Architectural and Heritage Narratives of Petit Trianon Assessed via the 2008 Restoration

7. Republican, Royalist and 'In-between' Memories of Marie Antoinette at Petit Trianon

8. ‘Ange ou Démon?’ Contemporary Images of the Last Queen of France at Petit Trianon

9. Conclusion

About the Author

Denise Maior-Barron is a former Erasmus Master student of heritage academic Peter J. Howard, having graduated in the UK with cultural heritage credits doubled by museology credits from the University of Zaragoza (Spain). Denise has obtained her PhD in 2015 from Plymouth University in collaboration with the Palace of Versailles (France), following two consecutive research internships (2010-2012) at this UNESCO heritage site. Associate Tutor/Lecturer at Plymouth University for the Schools of Architecture and Tourism between 2012 and 2016, she is currently a Visiting Research Fellow of the School of Tourism and a Reader of the Huntington Library in California, preparing a research project on the iconic Royal garden landscapes of Versailles and Hampton Court Palaces.

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Routledge Studies in Heritage

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology