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 ยท 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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Aug 09, Alexandra Wieland rated it really liked it. Nov 04, Cynthia rated it liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. By over-describing women, giving them a separate chapter in any well-informed thesis, we did not explain anything and gave the impression for all intents and purposes history was happening elsewhere and in alluree different way.

May 15, Steven rated it it was amazing.

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Jean rated it liked it Sep 26, The profession may be conscious of some of its faults, but ultimately concludes on the meaningfulness and weight of its work. While combing through two-hundred-year-old It concedes the similarity of archival work to both schoolchildren’s copy and the rote transcription of medieval monks.

Lists with This Book. The Allure of the Archives. Be the first to ask a question about The Allure of the Archives. She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by the revelatory power of voices otherwise lost.

Even though eighteenth-century government did not allow public participation, popular opinion was vital to the monarchy, which used the police to both know it and control it.

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.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This was beautiful, lyrical, resonated with some romantic archives feelings I’ve had, but there is no way in hell I’m going to finish it right now. Aug 15, Kristi rated it liked it. I suppose every profession desires a space of its own to navel-gaze and inspect its vanity.

Christopher Newton rated it liked it Apr 05, Dana rated it it was amazing Nov 15, I read this for my Methods class, and enjoyed it, although I think it would have been better in the original French.

Archival sources have the potential to unsettle our preconceptions in ways that published An absolute gem of a book. 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.

To ask other readers questions about The Allure of the Archivesplease sign up. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Read, highlight, and take notes, across ov, tablet, and phone. Michael Wolfe and Natalie Allyre Davis.

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Elise rated it it was amazing Nov 03, I most enjoyed when she was describing finding letters and diary snippets and pieces of fabric in the court records. Other books in the series. A fascinated recollection or reliance on quotation is insufficient.

It is that unsettling nature that forces us to continually revise the stories we tell about the past. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. The use of archival materials, Farge warns, entails a responsibility for the alllure.


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Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. This ought to be compulsory reading for all historians. Arlette Farge’s Le Go t de l’archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. No trivia or quizzes yet. I had thought Farge offers thoughtful, sensitive, evocative insights on historical scholarship, with specific consideration given to the historian’s interaction with archives and archival sources.

Archival materials also reveal much that was unintended by those interrogated by the police or incidental to what they said to defend themselves.

She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by th revelatory power of voices otherwise lost. I liked best the parts where she describes the actual experience of using the archives.

What has stuck with me upon first reading: As close as nonfiction can come to poetry. Jan 18, Kristy rated it really liked it. Qllure if the hand, by reproducing the written syllables, archaic words, and syntax of a century’s long past, could insert itself into that time more boldly than thoughtful notes ever could.

As I read I was continually reminded of my own experiences during two separate, very deep dives into institutional archives and all the emotions that accompanied those experiences: Arcgives me, it was a romantic, no I loved this book–but then again I’m an archivist so that already biases me. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.