On Dolls

On Dolls➹ [Download] ➵ On Dolls By Kenneth Gross ➼ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The essays and reflections in this collection explore the seriousness of play and the mysteries of inanimate life the unknown spaces, noises, dust, lost objects, and small animals that fill any house The essays and reflections in this collection explore the seriousness of play and the mysteries of inanimate life the unknown spaces, noises, dust, lost objects, and small animals that fill any house which have provoked many writers to take the side of these dead or non human things. If you ve ever been unsettled by a doll, puppet, tailor s dummy or mannequin, have a read These unexpected essays by writers like Rilke, Benjamin and Kafka properly engage with dolls strangeness their empty semblance of life, the extreme reactions they can trigger Extracts are short The book is small Its production is pleasing Just pop it in your pocket and have a think what being human means. This was such a bizarre book well not so much of a book it sof a collection of excerpts from essays and speeches with the occasional part of a poem or actual chapter from some longer, larger piece about usually something else entirely by an whole slew of authors or persona It s small but don t let that fool you as it has the most incredible soporific qualities any boring textbook can throw at you So it s a book that best read in bed.Anyways, there were some very interesting bits he This was such a bizarre book well not so much of a book it sof a collection of excerpts from essays and speeches with the occasional part of a poem or actual chapter from some longer, larger piece about usually something else entirely by an whole slew of authors or persona It s small but don t let that fool you as it has the most incredible soporific qualities any boring textbook can throw at you So it s a book that best read in bed.Anyways, there were some very interesting bits here and there Freud and Kafka were just boring with a capital B Of course, Freud s conclusion ended with comparing the weirdness of it all with female genitalia because well Freud And Kafka s was beyond bizarre well because it s Kafka But there were some very interesting insights on the concept of toys and play and how dolls and the idea of dolls are so fascinating because of their undecided state of being They provoke and it s up to the user to project what they want An interesting glimpse of fascinating topic but there s not a lot meat in this wee tome in regards to the actual doll toy, butin the overall group of play and toys in general The few that had brought dolls up to the forefront were very provocative but the last section, which wasmodern, brought up some very good points on how unsettled we view an inanimate thing and thenatural it is, thethe disquiet It s really quite fascinating This is a collection of essays about dolls in European society While the essays were curated and published in 2012, the cultural examples are all from the 18 and 1900 s I thought aprofound discussion of how dolls are important to our projections and understanding of ourselves as persons would grow organically ifmodern examples of dolls were included I thought that the discussion of E.T.A Hoffmann s The Sand Man short story was so interesting and chilling, but E.T.A Hoffmann s This is a collection of essays about dolls in European society While the essays were curated and published in 2012, the cultural examples are all from the 18 and 1900 s I thought aprofound discussion of how dolls are important to our projections and understanding of ourselves as persons would grow organically ifmodern examples of dolls were included I thought that the discussion of E.T.A Hoffmann s The Sand Man short story was so interesting and chilling, but E.T.A Hoffmann s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is not mentioned at all, which is an egregious oversight in my opinion The Nutcracker story has been extremely popular for hundreds of years, so I think there is no excuse for not mentioning such a story in such a collection as this, at least in the introductory essay by the editor On Dolls includes excerpts from On the Marionette Theatre by Heinrich Von Kleist, The Philosophy of Toys by Charles Baudelaire, The Uncanny by Sigmund Freud, On the Dolls of Lotte Pritzel by Rainer Maria Rilke, The Cares of a Family Man by Frank Kaftka, Tailor s Dummies by Bruno Schulz, Old Toys The Toy Exhibition at the Markisches Museum by Walter Benjamin, and On the Threshold Sleeping Beauties by Marina Warner These essays just did not seem to be able to decide what they wanted to focus on when discussing dolls If you are looking for an analysis of primarily children toys, like a high brow conversation about Toy Story elements in modern society, then you will be disappointed The primary mentions of dolls in this collection are about marionettes, automatons, dolls in art displays, and wax figures from Madame Tussaud s These conversations were interesting, but it didn t seem to be super focused or introduced adequately I feel like the title and back cover description were a bit misleading, as this is anebulous collection than is marketed Overall, this is fine I think academics or particularly intellectually minded individuals interested in this subject matter, especially those who have encountered the essay writers before, would find this fulfilling I am definitely thinking about these themes , and although Kenneth Gross introduces and edits this, I had expected this to havecoherent arguments about these elements I ve never seen one of these Notting Hill Editions before, and I m not sure if they re all made with the same care and quality, but this is a very pretty object Cloth cover, embossed typeface with expensive colored inks, and really nice paper For that alone the book gets three stars.On Dolls is a well curated collection of similarly themed essays by the likes of Freud, Kafka, Benjamin, and others Some I ve read before and others which were new to me Kenneth Gross is well studied in the area, I ve never seen one of these Notting Hill Editions before, and I m not sure if they re all made with the same care and quality, but this is a very pretty object Cloth cover, embossed typeface with expensive colored inks, and really nice paper For that alone the book gets three stars.On Dolls is a well curated collection of similarly themed essays by the likes of Freud, Kafka, Benjamin, and others Some I ve read before and others which were new to me Kenneth Gross is well studied in the area, and provides good context in his intro The subject matter is of great interest to me But the 4 stars are mostly for the book as an object While I found a couple of the essays hard going especially the Freud this is a delightful collection of thoughts on dolls, waxworks, puppets, all forms of human simulacra.My favourite essay is the Marina Warner at the end I love how cleverly the editor was in including the essays to which Ms Warner refers in her own It left me with a feeling of completeness A very interesting read. Interesting essays on all things doll, including wax figures and marionettes.

On Dolls Kindle ¼ Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 132 pages
  • On Dolls
  • Kenneth Gross
  • English
  • 07 June 2018
  • 1907903534