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Narrative, Story and Discourse: The Novium, Chichester

Hanks, Laura


Laura Hanks


This article seeks to engage with the notion of “discourse,” and to test and apply ideas from literary and film theory in the analysis of architectural—and particularly museum—space. It examines the complex set of relations between “narrative,” “story” and “discourse” as they manifest in a particular contemporary museum: The Novium in Chichester, UK. This museum was opened in 2012 and designed to contain the remains of Chichester's Roman bathhouse. This article considers the varying degrees of synonymity between the concepts of “story” and “discourse,” or “medium” and “message,” as encountered during visitors’ journeys through the space of the museum.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 9, 2015
Print ISSN 0011-3069
Electronic ISSN 2151-6952
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Issue 1
Pages 27-39
Publisher URL
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hanks, L. H. (2015), Narrative, Story, and Discourse: The Novium, Chichester. Curator, 58: 27-39. doi:10.1111/cura.12096, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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