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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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. It is a deceptively easy book to read – but there are echoes of Foucault and Habermas there that will take you back to those writers.

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.

The Allure of the Archives by Arlette Farge

I loved this book–but then again I’m an archivist so that already biases me. It is a prose poem on thinking about research?

It’s pretty poetic in translation, so I bet it’s stellar in the original French. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

The Allure of the Archives

Account Options Sign in. The Allure of the Archives by Arlette Farge, and: This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Trivia About The Allure of the Quotes from The Allure of the Melissa Carroll rated it really liked it Nov 29, fargf Researchers are transported immediately to very real archival experiences, particularly the discomfort of initially confronting arcane and fage unspecified rules and practices.


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Having worked in several archives, though, I will say that by now my approach to the stuff they hold is very different to the one Farge romanticizes. A fascinated recollection or reliance on quotation is insufficient. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by the revelatory power of voices otherwise lost.

As always, the problem lies partly with the definite article and the question of singular or plural nouns: The anecdotes are both personal and at the same time general; they reflect the author’s experiences and yet are instantly recognizable to anyone who has done any research in an archives.

In The Allure of the Archivesshe conveys the exhilaration of uncovering hidden secrets and the thrill of venturing into new dimensions of the past. Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archivestrans. Tthe 15, Kristi rated it liked it. I had thought before reading the book that it might be fwrge 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 the heart of the book.


Archival sources have the potential to unsettle our preconceptions in ways that published An absolute gem of a book. Originally published inFarge’s classic work communicates the tactile, interpretive, and emotional experience of archival research while sharing astonishing details about life under the Old Regime in France. Conversations with Denis Crouze t.

The book was written ina time when we could not just get online and perform research on scanned documents. May 15, Steven rated it it was amazing.

Highly recommended for anyone who might be considering teaching a research methods course to advanced undergrads or early graduate students. Lists with This Book. No trivia or quizzes yet. Hardcoverpages. 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.

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A Passion for History: A lovely, lyrical, and occasionally funny book about archival research. Arcihves website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Arlette Farge’s Le Go t de l’archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. The more theoretical sections, while intrinsically interesting, suffered in comparison.

While combing through two-hundred-year-old