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Crafting Queer Spaces: privacy and posturing
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Fashion Studies. (Centre for Fashion Studies)
2010 (English)In: Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity / [ed] A Myzelev; J Potvin, Ashgate, 2010, 1, 19-41 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines several extraordinary spaces crafted by eccentric and famous men. It will be argued that they created novel and innovative 'queer space' for the projection of fluid male identities and fantasies employing intimate private spaces, furnishings, dress and diversions. In most cases the spaces developed in an organic way over time; even the planning process was odd. The cases will be the English patron-designers Horace Walpole (Strawberry Hill), William Beckford (Fonthill), the Swedish King Gustav III (Haga), and the 20th-century collector and connoisseur Henry Francis du Pont (Winterthur, Delaware). The notion of 'queer' that will be deployed is derived from David Halperin’s Foucauldian reading of sexuality: where queer ‘describes a horizon of possibility whose precise extent and heterogeneous scope cannot in principle be limited in advance’. In reading the meanings of the neo-gothic, neo-classical and historicising spaces created by these men, aspects of the relationships between the crafting of interior decoration, sensibility and sociability will be foregrounded.

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Ashgate, 2010, 1. 19-41 p.
Keyword [en]
space, queer identity, Gustav III, Henry du Pont, Winterthur, Beckford, collecting, interior spaces
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71544ISBN: 9780754669159OAI: diva2:485196
Available from: 2012-01-28 Created: 2012-01-28 Last updated: 2012-10-04Bibliographically approved

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