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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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 could. I loved this book–but then again I’m an archivist so that already biases me.

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Christopher Newton rated it liked it Apr 05, Read this book; read it twice to absorb everything the author says. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. 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. 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.

Archival sources have the potential to unsettle our preconceptions in ways that published An absolute gem of a book. Want to Read saving…. As close as nonfiction can come to poetry. 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 other staff who love the documents in a similar but distinct way.

The Allure of the Archives

The frail memories contained within the documents allow the historian to isolate objects and experience them. They can articulate inconsistencies whose meaning is far from clear. The Allure of the Archives. These short chapters give the neophyte humorous and evocative introductions to the physical and emotional thw of archival research.


No trivia or quizzes yet. And yet it is just as much about the experience of the research: 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: 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. Feb 11, MJ added it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Conversations with Denis Crouze t.

Aug 15, Kristi rated it liked it. I suppose every profession desires a space of its own to navel-gaze and inspect its vanity. While combing through two-hundred-year-old 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. Researchers are transported immediately to very real archival experiences, particularly the discomfort of initially confronting arcane and largely unspecified rules and practices.

View freely available titles: 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. Both books are compelling and could introduce history majors or graduate students to the delights and challenges of research.

I most enjoyed when she was describing finding letters and diary snippets and pieces of fabric in the court records. A Passion for History: The kind of book to reread every year or so. 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.


A wonderful quick read.

If you like spending time in archives of one kind or another, this book will resonate with you. For archivists and historians it is this book.

This ought to be compulsory reading for all historians. Melissa Carroll rated it really liked it Thw 29, Her passion comes through and her insight about the use of quotations and anecdotes is duly noted.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Jan 18, Arltete rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Highly recommended for anyone who might be considering teaching a research methods course to advanced undergrads or early graduate students.

It’s pretty poetic in translation, so I bet it’s stellar in the original French. May 15, Steven rated it it was amazing.

I am not sure how to describe it: I had thought before reading the book that it might be a nice choice to excite interest and anticipation among the students in my historiography course as they prepare to undertake their own archival research, but found it really more relevant for experienced historians who can more viscerally comprehend and appreciate the sensibility at thw heart of the book.

Elise rated it it was amazing Nov 03, 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.