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The Cultures of Collecting / Edition 1

The Cultures of Collecting / Edition 1

by Roger Cardinal, Roger Cardinal
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780948462511
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Series: Reaktion Books - Critical Views Series , #1
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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

Photographic Acknowledgementsvi
Notes on the Editors and Contributorsvii
1The System of Collecting7
2'Unless you do these crazy things ...'25
3Identity Parades49
4Collecting and Collage-making: The Case of Kurt Schwitters68
5Telling Objects: A Narrative Perspective on Collecting97
6Licensed Curiosity: Cook's Pacific Voyages116
7From Treasury to Museum: The Collections of the Austrian Habsburgs137
8A Collector's Model of Desire: The House and Museum of Sir John Soane155
9Cabinets of Transgression: Renaissance Collections and the Incorporation of the New World177
10Death and Life, in that Order, in the Works of Charles Willson Peale204
11'Mille e tre': Freud and Collecting224
12Collecting Paris252
Select Bibliography303

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