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The uses of excess in visual and material culture, 1600-2010

Author: Julia Skelly; Romita Ray
Publisher: Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Directing unprecedented attention to how the idea of 'excess' has been used by both producers and consumers of visual and material culture, this collection examines the discursive construction of excess in relation to art, material goods and people in various global contexts. The contributors illuminate how excess has been perceived, quantified and constructed, revealing in the process how beliefs about excess have  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Skelly; Romita Ray
ISBN: 9781409442370 1409442373
OCLC Number: 870211353
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: the uses of excess / Julia Skelly --
All that glitters: diamonds and constructions of nabobery in British portraits, 1600-1800 / Romita Ray --
'Every other place it could be placed with advantage': ladies-in-waiting at the British court and the 'excessive' display of ceramics as art objects, 1689-1740 / Eric Weichel --
Consuming excess: pronk poppenhuisen and the dollhouses of Sara Rothé van Amstel / Michelle Moseley-Christian --
Excess, fetish, exotic: the profusion and confusion of virtual things in Victorian painting / Julie F. Codell --
Excess on the walls: Victorian exhibition culture and the anxieties of art and commerce / Anne Helmreich --
The paradox of excess: Oscar Wilde, caricature, and consumption / Julia Skelly --
Toronto's Casa Loma: from nostalgia to glamour and back again / Alla Myzelev --
Homosexuality/modernism/nationalism: between excess and exile in 1920s Europe / John Potvin --
Excesses of the bawdy body: John Wentworth Russell and his modern girls, 1927-1935 / Karen Stanworth --
For the love of God: excess, ambivalence, and Damien Hirst's diamond skull / Jeremy Biles --
'Your asshole is hanging outside of your body?': excess, AIDs, and shame in the theater of Sky Gilbert / Dirk Gindt.
Responsibility: edited by Julia Skelly.

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This is a splendid collection of essays dealing with the topic of excess in material and visual culture. Each contribution is thought-provoking and, what is more, enjoyable to read. The volume is Read more...

 
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