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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The profession may be conscious of some of its faults, but ultimately concludes on the meaningfulness and weight of thhe work. I am not sure how to describe it: It concedes the similarity of archival work to both schoolchildren’s copy and the rote transcription of medieval monks. Christopher Newton rated it liked it Apr 05, May 15, Steven rated it it was amazing.

Both books make vivid for scholars, students, and general arkette how these two prominent historians of early modern France found their subjects and questions and pursued their research. I liked best the parts where she describes the actual experience of using the archives. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

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Its initial, necessary appearance in historical work and research often took the form of teh supplement to what we already knew, rather than an examination of women’s interactions with their surrounding world. Archival sources have the potential to unsettle our preconceptions in ways that arletet An absolute gem of a book. I loved this book–but then again I’m an archivist so that already biases me.

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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 esteemed historian Arlette Farge. Oct 18, Belkora rated it really liked it. A Passion for History: The connections the sources in archives can give everyone, not just academics, to times long past were well demonstrated.


English translations of these books, published earlier in France, are most welcome. Contact Contact Us Help. My only concern was her lack of understanding of the archival theory behind how records are arranged.

The Allure of the Archives

They are forever incomplete, akin to Michel de Certeau’s definition of knowledge as “that which endlessly modifies itself by its unforgettable incompleteness. She conveys the arlettw of confronting past lives and seeing, perhaps for the first time in centuries, the records of unknown men and women.

Oct 10, Vaida added it Shelves: While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from the Archives of the Bastille, historian Farge was struck by the acrhives intimate portrayal they provided of the lives of the poor in pre-Revolutionary France, especially women. Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archivestrans.

Want to Read saving…. A vivid collage of the allure of the archives, its various pitfalls, the phenomenology of archival research is painstakingly but precisely painted by this master historian. As always, the problem lies partly with the definite article and the question of singular or plural nouns: Yale University Press, Melissa Carroll rated it really liked it Nov 29, However, I am just as excited about the kinds of crowd sourced research that goes on now when researchers put scans of papyri online and ask for help with translations.

Conversations with Denis Crouze t. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. An absolute gem of a book. A brief but dense meditation on the joys and challenges of archival research by a French historian.

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Nov 06, Mike Clinton rated it really liked it. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Read this book; read it twice to absorb everything the author says. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Oct 26, Geoff Cain rated it it was amazing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

There is something timeless about this book that flies over the whole phenomena and culture of the internet.

In The Allure of the ArchivesFarge, director of research in modern history at the Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, gives her readers such a vibrant sense of her research experiences that they might begin to feel the drafty reading rooms and fragile paper. She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by the afchives power of voices otherwise lost.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. An exquisite appreciation of ffarge distinctive rewards of historical research and a classic guide to the personal yet disciplined craft of discovery, now in its first English translation.

In this case, the author draws from her work in the French National Archives, where her days in the judicial archives document the lives of the poorest class of 18th-century France as they intersect with legal clerks, policemen and judiciaries in the commitment and defense of petty crimes.

They can articulate inconsistencies whose meaning is far from clear. Dana rated it it was amazing Nov faege, 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. What has stuck with me upon first reading: