by Nicole Seymour
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Pub Date 5 May 2021 | Archive Date 5 Jun 2022
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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
"Positively dazzling!" - Hillary Belzer, Founder and Curator, The Makeup Museum
An item often dismissed as frivolous, Nicole Seymour uncovers the secret history behind glitter. Tracking how consumption and status have shifted across centuries, she tracks its use as an ancient cosmetic to queer activist tool, environmental pollutant to biodegradable accessory-along with its composition, which has variously included insects, glass, rocks, salt, sugar, plastic, and cellulose.
Through a variety of examples, from glitterbombing to glitter beer, Seymour shows how this substance reflects the entanglements of consumerism, emotion, environmentalism, and gender/sexual identity.
"Glitter is an original, nuanced and thorough analysis that examines glitter’s significance beyond its usual connotations of frivolousness at best and environmental disaster at worst. As vibrant as the substance itself, Seymour’s thoughtful exploration situates glitter in current cultural and political contexts without dulling its shine. Positively dazzling!" - Hillary Belzer, Founder and Curator, The Makeup Museum
"Nicole Seymour peers beyond the surface of glitter and finds a material that is irreverent and political, sticky and elusive, that shapes communities as it challenges preconceptions. Glitter shines with new ways of thinking." - David Farrier, Professor of Literature and the Environment, University of Edinburgh, UK
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