Love Objects: Emotion, Design and Material Culture

Editat de Dr Anna Moran, Dr Sorcha O'Brien
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How are love and emotion embodied in material form? Love Objects explores the emotional potency of things, addressing how objects can function as fetishes, symbols and representations, active participants in and mediators of our relationships, as well as tokens of affection, symbols of virility, triggers of nostalgia, replacements for lost loved ones, and symbols of lost places and times.Addressing both designed 'things with attitude' and the 'wild things' of material culture, Love Objects explores a wide range of objects, from 19th-century American portraits displaying men's passionate friendships to the devotional and political meanings of religious statues in 1920s Ireland.
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ISBN-13: 9781472517197
ISBN-10: 1472517199
Pagini: 184
Ilustrații: 52 b/w illus
Dimensiuni: 169 x 244 x 8 mm
Greutate: 0.42 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


The first anthology to approach the problematic concept of love by questioning its material manifestations

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Anna Moran is Coordinator of the MA in Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Ireland. Sorcha O'Brien teaches Design History and Theory to Product and Furniture Design students in Kingston University, UK.


Editors' Foreword; Anna Moran, National College of Art and Design, Ireland and Sorcha O'Brien, Kingston University, UKIntroduction: How Do I Love Thee? Objects of Endearment in Contemporary Culture; Victor Margolin, University of Illinois, ChicagoPart 1: The Lives of Objects1. "I Love Giving Presents": The Emotion of Material Culture; Louise Purbrick, University of Brighton, UK2. (S)Mother's Love, or, Baby Knitting; Jo Turney, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University, UK3. Sex, Birth, and Nurture unto Death: Patching Together Quilted Bed Covers; Catherine Harper, University of Portsmouth, UKPart 2: Projecting and Subverting Identities4. Bringing Out the Past: Courtly Love and Nineteenth-Century American Men's Passionate Friendship Portraits; Elizabeth Howie, Coastal Carolina University, USA5. The Genteel Craft of Subversion: Amateur Female Shoemaking in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteeth Centuries; Noreen McGuire, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK6. Performing Masculinity through Objects in Post-War America: The Playboy's Pipe; Jessica Sewell, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, ChinaPart 3: Objects and Embodiment7. Seduced by the Archive: A Personal Relationship with the Archive and Collection of Objects Pertaining to the London Couturier, Norman Hartnell; Jane Hattrick, University of Brighton, UK8. Kitsch Enchantment, and Power: The Bleeding Statues of Templemore in 1920; Ann Wilson, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland9. "Magic Toyshops": Narrative and Meaning in the Women's Sex Shop; Fran Carter, Kingston University, UKPart 4: Mediating Relationships10. Material Memories: Making of a Collodion Memory-Text; Christina Edwards, Aberystwyth, UK11. The Problematic Decision to Live: Irish-Romanian Home-Making and the Anthropology of Uncertainty; Adam Drazin, University College London, UK12. Designing Meaningful and Lasting User Experiences; Jonathan Chapman, University of Brighton, UKIndex


The particular strength of this book resides in the perfect balance between the originality of the case studies (if the object they illustrate are very usual, the examples that illustrate them are often quite the contrary) and the capacity of the authors to enrich their own methodology, which is either theoretical (the common denominator being in many cases a certain emphasis on anthropology) or practice-based (the volume contains several contributions by artists with a strong theoretical interest), with a strong sensibility of the political dimension of the personal. All essays offer very innovative interpretations of femininity and masculinity, defeminizing and sometimes even queering them not only through the analysis of the cultural and historical conventions that surround them but also through the lines of resistance and empowerment that love objects may disclose.
These studies of 'love objects' are a fitting testimony to the pioneers of material culture studies.
Love Objects introduces a wonderfully rich array of ideas, objects and approaches as a means to question the relationships that we have with the things that we make, use, and own, it poses that important question: 'how do I love thee'?
An attractive book examining the power of 'things' like clothes to evoke emotion, their role as fetishes, symbols and so on. Includes design, fashion, social values, identity and more
Love Objects is a timely exploration of why and how we love objects. Probing the intersections of design and emotion across friendship, religion, sexuality, memory, identity, class and taste, the book unpacks our relationships with the material world as one deeply entangled in the fundamentals of the human condition.
Love Objects presents a dozen intriguing perspectives on how significance arises in the using and making of material things. The collection shows how exploring the roles objects play in articulating emotion helps account for the variability of meanings attached to any thing and invites us to re-imagine design.