Category Archives: manuscripts

New book: Shadow Archives

Just out from Columbia University Press is Shadow Archives: The Lifecycles of African American Literature by Jean-Christophe Cloutier. This title may be of interest for its central focus on literary archives and in particular how Cloutier “provides a nuanced view of how archival methodology, access, and the power dynamics of acquisitions shape literary history”. More […]

The avant-garde manuscript: ‘Look beyond words’

An interesting excerpt from Kevin Repp‘s essay accompanying the Beinecke’s new exhibition, ‘Beyond Words: Experimental Poetry & the Avant-Garde‘ in which he highlights questions of materiality and visual materiality — or how the page matters for the avant-garde manuscript. “Even when they seem to make up the entire poem, words are by no means the […]

New book on technology and complex materiality

ARC Humanities Press has released the new title by Bill Endres, Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts: The St. Chad Gospels, Materiality, Recoveries, and Representation in 2D & 3D. While outside the historical period mainly covered on archivefutures, it may be of interest nevertheless in terms of the how it advances debates around digital technology and complex materiality.     […]

CFP: Translation Archives

A special issue of the journal Meta: Translators’ Journal  is planned with a focus on the archives of literary translators. It is to be co-edited by Anthony Cordingley (University of Sydney) and Patrick Hersant (Université Paris-8). Literary authorship has long been studied from a genetic perspective, yet only recently have literary translators’ working documents—their research […]

Brittle paper: what can it stand?

Taking a literal turn in our thinking around materiality and the archived page, the following recent publications examine the mechanics of aged and brittle paper: “Comparing Non-destructive Mechanical Testing Methods for the Assessment of Brittle Papers – The Cantilever, Hanging Pear Loop, and Clamped Fold Tests” by Andrea K. I. Hall, Raymond H. Plaut and Patricia M. McGuiggan, […]

Mess and miscellany: new book

Just released by OUP Canada is Angus Vine‘s new book, Miscellaneous Order: Manuscript Culture and the Early Modern Organization of Knowledge.  This book will be of interest to scholars working on questions of materiality in particular. Vine examines the early modern manuscript miscellany, an object often dismissed in its disorder and mess. “Drawing on original literary and historical […]

New book: Afterlives of Abandoned Work: Creative Debris in the Archive

A new book by Matthew Harle entitled Afterlives of Abandoned Work: Creative Debris in the Archive has just been released by Bloomsbury (2018). From the Bloomsbury website:  ‘Afterlives of Abandoned Work considers the relevance of  unfinished projects to literary history and criticism, looking beyond famous posthumous work to investigate the abandoned everyday, from scrapped plans and rejected […]