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Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An Interdisciplinary Study Paperback – Jan 1 2012
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"These erudite and evocative essays effectively dislodge the Cabinet of Curiosities from its assigned place in the prehistory of the modern museum. In today's heterotopic, globalizing contexts, where mobility and juxtaposition are the norm, an old form takes on new life." -James Clifford, author of Routes: Travel and Translation in the late 20th Century "Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities is an ambitious study that surprises and delights as it turns from Leonardo da Vinci to taxidermy to modern air travel. The collection constructs an architecture of curiosity by inhabiting the very form it is scrutinizing. It is a compelling catalogue of the productive energies and weird slippages that occur at the junctures of order and wonder." -Tina May Hall, author of The Physics of Imaginary Objects (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) "Itself a veritable cabinet of curiosities, this volume takes the reader on an immensely gratifying tour of the world, from The Arabian Nights to taxidermic displays, from Renaissance museums to Eadweard Muybridge's innovative images of animal motion." -Christoph Irmscher, Indiana University Bloomington
About the Author
Janelle A. Schwartz is Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Loyola University New Orleans. Her forthcoming book is on the relationship between aesthetics and entomological studies in the Romantic Age. Nhora Lucia Serrano is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include travel narratives, Visual Studies, and Medieval Studies. She is completing a book manuscript on visual images from illuminated manuscripts, illustrated texts to graphic narratives.