Sun, Oct 19, 2003 - Page 17 News List

Putting local literature in its place

With the opening of the National Museum of Taiwanese Literature it is hoped that anyone will be able to discover the country's rich literary heritage

By Gavin Phipps  /  STAFF REPORTER

While construction and renovation were relatively trouble free, the organization of the museum's exhibitions and displays did cause a few headaches. As a museum dedicated to literature, but not solely aimed at attracting Taiwan's literati, staff had to ensure exhibitions and displays were accessible to both the well-read, the lesser-read and school children alike.

"We realized very early on that we couldn't make the public displays too complicated or complex a study of local literature," the director said. "The crux of many of current exhibitions is photographic. Be it the history of Taiwanese literature and its relationship to cinema or an overview of Taiwanese literature through the ages, visitors can follow events and learn about the writers and there works through photos and brief and succinct accounts."

Whether the National Museum of Taiwanese Literature lives up to its lofty expectations or not, and regardless of the fact that is located far from many of the nation's other prestigious institutes of learning, the Tamkang University Professor feels its establishment is crucial to the future of Taiwanese literature.

"Anything that leads to an increase in the awareness of our literature is certainly a good thing," he said.

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