Collecting and Collections
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
- Taught in:
- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge of histories and practices of collecting, particularly in relation to Asian and African collections.
- demonstrate an understanding of key theories of collecting and apply these to a range of Asian and African collections.
- an understanding of the influences on particular collectors, collections and collecting institutions.
- appreciate different approaches and attitudes to collecting, from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
- recognise diverse influences on the practices and fashions of collecting in differenthistorical periods and different parts of the world.
- identify individual and institutional patterns of collecting.
- research a topic and construct a bibliography.
Two hours Lectures
Method of assessment
Two 1 500 words essays (worth 20% each); one two hours exam (worth 60%)
- Elsner and Cardinal (ed) (19984) 'The Cultures of Collecting', London: Reaktion Books
- Impey, Oliver, and Arthur MacGregor (eds) (1985) 'The Origins of Museums: The Cabinet of Curiosities in Sixteenth-and Seventeenth-Century Europe', Oxford: Clarendon.
- Pearce, Susan (1995) 'On Collecting: An Investigation into Collecting in the European Tradition', London: Routledge.
- Pierson, Stacey (2007) 'Collectors, Collections and Museums: the Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain, 1560-1960', Oxford; New York: Peter Lang.
- Pomian, Krzysztof (1990) 'Collectors and curiosities, Paris and Venice, 1500 1800', Cambridge: Polity.
- Rujivacharakul, Vimalin (2011) 'Collecting China: The World, China, and a Short History of Collecting', University of Delaware Press
- Shelton, Anthony (ed) (2001) 'Collectors: individuals and institutions', The Horniman Museum and Gardens and Museu Antropológico da Universidade de Coimbra.
- Shelton, Anthony (ed) (2001) 'Collectors: expressions of self and other', London: The Horniman Museum and Gardens and Museu Antropológico da Universidade de Coimbra.
- Steuber, Jason, and Lai, Guolang (eds) (2014) 'Collectors, Collections and Collecting the Arts of China: Histories and Challenges', University of Florida Press.
- Tythacott, Louise (2011) 'The Lives of Chinese Objects: Buddhism, Imperialism and Display', Oxford and New York: Berghahn.