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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Apr 01, Robin rated it it was amazing. Both books are compelling and could introduce history majors or graduate students to archivez delights and challenges of research. As close as nonfiction can come to poetry.

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A brief but dense meditation on the joys and challenges of srchives research by a French historian. She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by the revelatory power of voices otherwise lost.

Historians thus find in these archives the lives of the marginalized, the deviant, and the obscure, who reveal how they saw themselves in society and in response to authority. It’s pretty poetic in translation, so I bet it’s stellar in the original French. In lieu of an abstract, here is a areltte excerpt of the content: Christopher Newton rated it liked it Apr 05, An absolute gem of a book.

The Allure of the Archives

Arlette Farge’s Le Go t de l’archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. Oct 18, Belkora rated it really liked it. Researchers are transported immediately fhe very real archival experiences, particularly the discomfort of initially confronting arcane and largely unspecified rules and practices.


May 15, Steven rated it it was amazing. 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. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Return to Book Page.

They can articulate inconsistencies whose meaning is far from clear. By over-describing women, giving thhe 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 a different way.

They are forever incomplete, akin to Michel de Certeau’s definition of knowledge as “that which endlessly modifies itself by its unforgettable incompleteness. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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. As 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 thr.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. It makes me want to delve into the archives myself. No trivia or quizzes yet.

A Passion for History is a series of conversations between Natalie Zemon Davis and fellow historian of sixteenth-century France, Denis Crouzet, about her work and her life. Arlette Farge’s book, The Allure of the Archives, is one of those books that belongs in its own genre.


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. A fascinated recollection or reliance on quotation is insufficient. Refresh and try again.

Just a moment while farbe sign you in to your Goodreads account. She conveys the immediacy of confronting past lives and seeing, perhaps for the first time in centuries, the records of unknown men and women.

In this book, she discusses her research into the year-old police archives of the Bastille. She also makes a compelling case for the distinctiveness of the historical knowledge that emerges from working with judicial records in particular and archives in general.

For instance, I cringed reading about her spilling a bunch of 18th century seeds onto some document, envisioning the poor sap who in 40 years will find the pages damaged and raise their fist cursing the jerk who put those seeds there, not knowing that that jerk was the It’s pretty poetic in translation, so I bet it’s stellar in the original French.