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Archives of DesireThe Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism$
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J. Samaine Lockwood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625362

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625362.001.0001

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Out of the China Closet

Out of the China Closet

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Archives of Desire

J. Samaine Lockwood

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter analyzes women's antique china collecting in late-nineteenth-century New England. It argues that china hunting guides represented the woman collector as bold and savvy while presenting china hunting itself as a historical act that was sensually, if not sexually, satisfying. Although considering a wide range of texts, this chapter focuses in on Annie Trumbull Slosson's The China Hunters Club and Alice Morse Earle's China Collecting in America, the two best-known domestic china-collecting texts of the era. Both Slosson and Earle find in china collecting opportunities not only for sensual explorations, but gender bending fantasies.

Keywords:   Antique china collecting, Slosson, Annie Trumbull, Earle, Alice Morse, New England regionalist literature, erotic fantasy, Theories of collecting, Women's consumption, Exoticism and consumption, George Washington china

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