Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9780948462511 Published September 2004 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $19.48 to $34.95 ISBN: 9781861894212 Published September 2004

Cultures of Collecting

Roger Cardinal

Cultures of Collecting
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Roger Cardinal

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312 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9780948462511 Published September 2004 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $19.48 to $34.95 ISBN: 9781861894212 Published September 2004
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.
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