This book traces the psychology, history and theory of the compulsion to collect, focusing not just on the normative collections of the Western canon, but also on collections that reflect a fascination with the "Other" and the marginal – the ephemeral, exotic, or just plain curious.
There are essays on the Neoclassical architect Sir John Soane, Sigmund Freud and Kurt Schwitters, one of the masters of collage. Others examine imperialist encounters with remote cultures – the consquitadors in America in the sixteenth century, and the British in the Pacific in the eighteenth – and the more recent collectors of popular culture, be they of Swatch watches, Elvis Presley memorabilia or of packaging and advertising.
With essays by Jean Baudrillard, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Nicholas Thomas, Mieke Bal, John Forrester, John Windsor, Naomi Schor, Susan Stewart, Anthony Alan Shelton, John Elsner, Roger Cardinal and an interview with Robert Opie.
About the Author
Roger Cardinal is professor emeritus of literary and visual studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is the author of many books.
Table of Contents
|Notes on the Editors and Contributors||vii|
|1||The System of Collecting||7|
|2||'Unless you do these crazy things ...'||25|
|4||Collecting and Collage-making: The Case of Kurt Schwitters||68|
|5||Telling Objects: A Narrative Perspective on Collecting||97|
|6||Licensed Curiosity: Cook's Pacific Voyages||116|
|7||From Treasury to Museum: The Collections of the Austrian Habsburgs||137|
|8||A Collector's Model of Desire: The House and Museum of Sir John Soane||155|
|9||Cabinets of Transgression: Renaissance Collections and the Incorporation of the New World||177|
|10||Death and Life, in that Order, in the Works of Charles Willson Peale||204|
|11||'Mille e tre': Freud and Collecting||224|