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Securing the Past

Securing the Past (2009)

Paul Eggert's monograph Securing the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature (2009) is available from Cambridge University Press: for details and an excerpt see

This book is the first concerted effort to examine together the linked philosophies of the different arts of preserving and uncovering the past: the restoration of buildings, conservation of works of art, and editing of literary works to retrieve their original or intended texts. By investigating a series of recent crises in each of the areas, Securing the Past shows how their underlying justifications relate closely to one another. Paul Eggert shows how they have been philosophically undermined by postmodern theories but then charts another, richer way forward to a new future for the past.

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