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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 Schwit

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Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Harvard University Press (first published December 31st 1993)
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Tse Guang
Dec 26, 2012 Tse Guang rated it really liked it
Great collection, ahaha, of essays relating the act of collecting to the discourses of self-fashioning. In a way, we all know this and we all do this -- but analyzing this both everyday and extraordinary activity provides much insight into the human psyche and its drive to depend upon objects to think, feel and even love on its behalf.
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