Cultures Of Collecting

Cultures Of Collecting

by John & Cardinal Elsner, Roger Cardinal

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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

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ISBN-13: 9781861894212
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Series: Critical Views
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 7 MB

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

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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