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Arlette Farge’s Le Go t de l’archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from the. Laura Millar. Consultant Roberts Creek, British Columbia. Article Tools. Print this article · How to cite item. Email this article (Login required). Archivaria, the. In The Allure of the Archives, Arlette Farge describes her work in the judicial and police archives of Paris. A Passion for History is a series of conversations.

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It is made up of four discursive chapters and three narratives of daily life in the fonds.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Only gripe I had with this illuminating and deeply affective text was how long it took to translate the original French publication it was published in and only made comprehensible by English-reading audiences in Oct 26, Geoff Cain rated it it was amazing.

This is farhe beautifully crafted book exploring the world of the archives. Farge beautifully captures the rhythms of archival research, the uncertainty of using an archive for the first time, the long stretches of drudgery punctuated by surprises that leave you confused and intrigued.

The Allure of the Archives

In these archives she explores the testimony of criminals, revolut Arlette Farge’s book, The Allure of the Archives, is one of those books that belongs in its own genre.

Brief vignettes richly [End Page ] evoke the experience of being in the archives — from the quest for the ideal seat to the quirky mannerisms of fellow researchers. Highly recommended for anyone who might be considering teaching a research methods course to advanced undergrads or early graduate students. Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archivestrans.

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Oct 18, Belkora rated it really liked it. I read this for my Methods class, and enjoyed it, although I think it would have been better in the original French. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Nov 06, Mike Clinton rated it really liked it. I loved this book–but then again I’m an archivist so that already biases me. Aug 09, Alexandra Wieland rated it really liked it.

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Yale University Press, These short chapters give the neophyte humorous and evocative introductions to the physical and emotional experience of archival research. Taylor Aitken rated it really liked it Jan 23, Archival sources have the potential to unsettle our preconceptions in ways that published sources arhcives do not.

My only concern was her lack of understanding of the archival theory behind how records are arranged.

Oct 23, Chris Cook rated it liked it. Its initial, necessary appearance in historical work and research often took the form of a supplement to what we already knew, rather than an examination of women’s interactions with their surrounding world.

What has stuck with me upon first reading: And yet it is just as much about the experience of arltte research: As I read I was continually reminded of my own experiences during two separate, very deep dives alluer institutional archives and all the emotions that accompanied those experiences: In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: It makes me want to delve into the archives myself.

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Archives allowed Farge to recapture how the city of Paris functioned below the surface of elite culture and to expose the myriad ways arletts women operated at the forefront of neighborhood networks. Contact Contact Us Help. While a slim book it addresses a host of issues about archival research and would be important in any historian’s craft course or classes addressing historiography. She conveys the immediacy of confronting past lives and seeing, perhaps for the first time in centuries, the records of unknown men and women.

I most enjoyed when she was describing finding letters and diary snippets and pieces of fabric in the court records. But on the whole, I’m glad that Farge loves the archives, and I think historians should xllure the archives, completing a symbiotic relationship with archivists and other staff who love the documents in a similar but distinct way.

The Allure of the Archives by Arlette Farge

It is a prose poem on thinking about research? No eBook available Amazon.

Open Preview See a Problem? They alluge forever incomplete, akin to Michel de Certeau’s definition of knowledge as “that which endlessly modifies itself by its unforgettable incompleteness. May 15, Steven rated it it was amazing. Archival materials also reveal much that was unintended by those interrogated by the police or incidental to what they said to defend themselves. Contact Contact Us Help.

Mar 28, Rj rated it it was amazing.