The Cultures of Collecting. (eBook, 2004) []
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The Cultures of Collecting.

The Cultures of Collecting.

Author: John Elsner; Roger Cardinal
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, Limited Chicago : Chicago Distribution Center [distributor] Sept. 2004
Series: Reaktion Books - Critical Views Ser.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Elsner; Roger Cardinal
ISBN: 9780948462511 0948462515
OCLC Number: 858865267
Target Audience: Scholarly & Professional
Description: 1 online resource (312 pages) illustrations.
Series Title: Reaktion Books - Critical Views Ser.



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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.


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