John Carter McKnight's Reviews > On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection

On Longing by Susan Stewart
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May 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: academic

Brilliant, despite a brutally dense first chapter. A clever, syncretic, wide-ranging study of the miniature, the gigantic, the souvenir and the collection, and their roles in psychology and culture. Anyone studying the co-construction of the self can benefit from this, especially those focused on cultures whose identity derives in part from divergence from a social norm. A real tour de force of creative synthesis, and, after that first chapter, an excellent read.
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