Allure of the Archives
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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
|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|
|She Has Just Arrived|
|Gathering and Handling the Documents|
|"Combing Through the Archives,"|
|The Process of Connection and Contrast|
|Traps and Temptations|
|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|