Abstract

This essay argues that Ruskin’s Museum constitutes his first sustained attempt to represent his life story, and as such is a crucial precursor to his autobiography, Praeterita. The Museum project fails, but the failure is redemptive: it forces Ruskin to come to terms with the necessity of language for the presentation of memory, and in so doing helps make Praeterita possible.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 297-315
Launched on MUSE
2009-09-06
Open Access
No
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