Interpreting Objects and Collections
Susan M. Pearce
Psychology Press, 1994 - Art - 343 pages
This volume brings together for the first time the most significant papers on the interpretation of objects and collections and examines how people relate to material culture and why they collect things.
The first section of the book discusses the interpretation of objects, setting the philosophical and historical context of object interpretation. Papers are included which discuss objects variously as historical documents, functioning material, and as semiotic texts, as well as those which examine the politics of objects and the methodology of object study.
The second section, on the interpretation of collections, looks at the study of collections in their historical and conceptual context. Many topics are covered such as the study of collecting to structure individual identity, its affect on time and space and the construction of gender. There are also papers discussing collection and ideology, collection and social action and the methodology of collection study.
This unique anthology of articles and extracts will be of inestimable value to all students and professionals involved in the interpretation of objects and collections.
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The contextual analysis of symbolic meanings
Objects as meaning or narrating the past
using Saussures system
Deaths head cherub urn and willow
Behavioural interaction with objects
The urge to collect
Notes on the history of collecting and of museums
exhibiting Indian art abroad
Psychological aspects of art collecting
play and aesthetics in collecting
gender identity in collecting
Objects of desire
The filth in the way
Culture as a system with subsystems
states and values in the networks of a sociocultural system
A view from the bridge
Interpreting material culture
Thinking about things
Not looking at kettles