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From her pet glass-globed hermit crab Rodney to the Victorian era's Crystal Palace, Celeste Olalquiaga offers a meditative look at the origins of kitsch and what kitsch tells us about the conflicts between the real and the artificial, tradition and modernity, nostalgia and melancholy. Olalquiaga artfully traces this form to the mid-1800s and establishes kitsch as a sensibility of loss -- a yearning for objects to help recapture the past -- and explains how these artifacts respond to a deep-seated human need for meaning and connection with nature. The Artificial Kingdom beautifully elucidates this aspect of culture as an attempt to recover what industrialization has destroyed.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816641178
ISBN-10: 081664117X
Format: Paperback
(192mm x 133mm x 18mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 11-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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