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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They can articulate inconsistencies whose meaning is far from clear. I liked best the parts where she describes the actual experience of using the archives.

The Allure of the Archives by Arlette Farge

And yet fatge is just as much about the experience of the research: Lists with This Book. For me, it was a romantic, no I loved this book–but then again I’m an archivist so that already biases me.

While a slim book it addresses a host of issues about archival research and would be important in any historian’s craft darge or classes addressing historiography. This ought to be compulsory reading for all historians. The Allure of the Archives is a lyrical gem from a deep and sensitive thinker. Trivia About The Allure of the There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Truman State University Press, Mar 23, Fiona rated it it was amazing Shelves: To ask other readers questions about The Allure of the Archivesplease sign up.

Melissa Carroll rated it really farbe it Nov 29, A brief but dense meditation on the joys and challenges of archival research by a French historian.

Oct 26, Geoff Cain rated it it was amazing. Apr 01, Robin rated it it was amazing. She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by the revelatory power of voices otherwise lost. 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 Her passion comes through and her insight about the use of quotations and anecdotes is duly noted.


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: Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Hardcoverpages. These short chapters give the neophyte humorous and archived introductions to the physical and emotional experience of archival research. 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.

Even when minimal or derisory, perhaps even ritualized, conflict is a rift that illuminates “elsewheres” and creates new “states of being. While combing through two-hundred-year-old Nov 15, Mills College Library added it. The book was written ina time when we could not just get online and perform farye on scanned documents. I most enjoyed when she was describing finding letters and diary snippets and pieces of fabric in the court records.

However the archivist ultimately finds justification from the revelations of ordinary lives in the past that it is able to present and represent. But on the whole, I’m glad that Farge loves the archives, and I think historians should love the archives, completing a symbiotic relationship with archivists and aplure staff who love the documents in a similar but distinct way.

I know that internet research is not the same. 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. 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. Dec 10, Ani rated it it was amazing. They are forever incomplete, akin to Michel de Certeau’s definition of knowledge as “that which endlessly modifies itself arlegte its unforgettable incompleteness.


I really appreciate the fact that there are those who have the privilege of being able to get the credentials that allow them to do this kind of research. It is a short book but well worth taking your time to read it.

One of my favorite moments here was the description of handcopying material: 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.

She paints an extraordinarily intimate portrait of the the lives of of the everyday workers, the poor and women in pre-Revolutionary France. Open Preview See a Problem?

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The Allure of the Archives

Book titles OR Journal titles. Both books are compelling and could introduce history majors or graduate students to the delights and challenges xrlette research. 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.

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