Representation, Identity, Knowledge
This book examines these representations of the collector. It shows that woven into them are fundamental anxieties generated by the experience of modernity, involving the nature of identity and selfhood, the relentless accumulation of commodities in a capitalist system of production and the (in)ability of language to translate experience accurately.
Introduction 1 Chapter 1 The Physiology of the Collector 23 Chapter 2 Of Money and Museums: Le Cousin Pons and the Death of the Collector 45 Chapter 3 Collecting the Self 75 Chapter 4 (Re)Collecting the Past 119 Chapter 5 The Poverty of Taxonomy 149 Chapter 6 To Create or To Collect? 183 Conclusion 213 Bibliography 219 Index 231
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