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The Uses of Excess in Visual and Material Culture, 1600 2010


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Contents: Introduction: the uses of excess, Julia Skelly; All that glitters: diamonds and constructions of nabobery in British portraits, 1600-1800, Romita Ray; 'Every other place it could be placed with advantage': ladies-in-waiting at the British court and the 'excessive' display of ceramics as art objects, 1689-1740, Eric Weichel; Consuming excess: pronk poppenhuisen and the dollhouses of Sara Rothe, Michelle Moseley-Christian; Exotic, fetish, virtual: visual excess in Victorian painting, Julie Codell; Excess on the walls: Victorian exhibition culture and anxieties of art and commerce, Anne Helmreich; The paradox of excess: Oscar Wilde, caricature, and consumption, Julia Skelly; Toronto's Casa Loma: from nostalgia to glamour and back again, Alla Myzelev; Homosexuality/modernism/nationalism: between excess and exile in 1920s Europe, John Potvin; Excesses of the bawdy body: John Wentworth Russell and his modern girls, 1927-1935, Karen Stanworth; For the love of God: excess, ambivalence, and Damien Hirst's diamond skull, Jeremy Biles; 'Your asshole is hanging outside of your body?': excess, AIDS, and shame in the theatre of Sky Gilbert, Dirk Gindt; Index.

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Julia Skelly is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and author of Addiction and British Visual Culture, 1751-1919 - Wasted Looks (Ashgate, 2014).


'This is a splendid collection of essays dealing with the topic of excess in material and visual culture. Each contribution is thought-provoking and, what is more, enjoyable to read. The volume is cohesive yet far-reaching, effectively demonstrating how the same subject of excess informs many different discourses, places and times. Thus compelling connections are made among such seemingly disparate topics as diamonds in 17th- and 18th-century British portraits of British nabobs, elaborate dollhouses collected in Holland, decorative objects in Pre-Raphaelite paintings, convergences of exile, queerness and nationalism in avant-garde Europe, and the provocative 'excessive' works of contemporary figures including artist Damien Hirst and playwright Sky Gilbert, to name a few.' Heidi Brevik-Zender, University of California, Riverside, USA and author of Fashioning Spaces: Mode and Modernity in Late-Nineteenth-Century Paris

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