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This title includes 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. 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780948462511
ISBN-10: 0948462515
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 10-Mar-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Elsner

John Elsner is Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Roger Cardinal is Professor of Literary and Visual Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury.