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Hall of Mirrors

Museums and the Canadian Public

by Robyn Gillam

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Hall of Mirrors is an examination of Canadian museums and their relationship with the public which they attempt to represent. This book examines a number of questions, issues, and controversies surrounding some of Canada's major institutions. Whose interests do museums reflect and whose do they distort? Do museums provide a "social good" that should be publicly supported or should they be forced to survive in the free market? Hall of Mirrors assesses the identity crisis that faces Canadian museums in an analysis that has implications for all public cultural institutions.

About the Author
Robyn Gillam is a freelance writer in the areas of cultural studies, cultural politics, Canadian literature and museums. She has lectured at York University, Toronto in Humanities and History. Gillam was born in Australia and graduated from the University of Melbourne with combined honours in ancient history and Indian studies. She also studied Egyptology at University College, London and has a doctorate in Near Eastern studies from the University of Toronto. Gillam has written extensively about intersections of art, literature and politics, and was a member of the editorial collective of Border/lines: Canada's Magazine of Cultural Studies.
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"Hall of Mirrors questions whether museums have the financial or cultural muscle to survive the growing pressures of the 21st century."--Carlene Rummery, Prairie Books NOW

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