Allure of the Archives

ISBN-10: 0300176732

ISBN-13: 9780300176735

Edition: 2013

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Arlette Farge’s Le gout de l’archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from the Archives of the Bastille, historian Farge was struck by the extraordinarily intimate portrayal they provided of the lives of the poor in pre-Revolutionary France, especially women. She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by the revelatory power of voices otherwise lost. In The Allure of the Archives, she conveys the exhilaration of uncovering hidden secrets and the thrill of venturing into previously unknown dimensions of the past. Originally published in 1989, Farge’s classic work communicates the tactile, interpretive, emotional experience of archival research while sharing astonishing details about life under the Old Regime in France. At once a practical guide to research methodology and an elegant literary reflection on the challenges of writing history, this uniquely rich volume demonstrates how surrendering to the archive’s allure can forever change how we understand the past.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 150
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Foreword
Traces by the Thousands
One Morning in the Library of the Arsenal
On the Front Door
Paths and Presences
The Watchful City
The People Through Words
Her Presence
Conflict
She Has Just Arrived
Gathering and Handling the Documents
"Combing Through the Archives,"
The Process of Connection and Contrast
Gathering
Traps and Temptations
Captured Speech
From the Event to History
Fragments of Ethics
The Accidental and the Singular, the Unique and the Collective
Meaning and Truthfulness
Understanding Certain Forms of Popular Expression
The Inventory Room Is Sepulchral
Writing
Notes
Translator's Notes
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