Touching the Past: Materializing Time in Traumatic “Living History” Reenactments

  title={Touching the Past: Materializing Time in Traumatic “Living History” Reenactments},
  author={Mark J Auslander},
  journal={Signs and Society},
  pages={161 - 183}
Many living history reenactors speak of “touching the past” in their performances. In nearly all instances, these profound experiences of intimate traffic with previous epochs and persons are brought about not through physical contact with historical artifacts but through deployments of replicas and props, including recently produced adornment, weaponry, vehicles, and tools. This essay explores the roles and functions of material reproductions or substitutes of historic artifacts in reenactment… 

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