Cultures of Collecting traces the psychology, history and theory of the compulsion to accumulate, focusing not only on the recognised collections of the Western canon, but also on collections that reflect a fascination with the 'other' and the marginal. 'an excellent addition to the literature on the subject' - Burlington Magazine
About the Author
Roger Cardinal is Professor of Literary and Visual Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
John Elsner is Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
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|