Tag Archives: manuscripts

Read: What to do with literary manuscripts?

In a new article in the journal Comma, International Journal on Archives entitled, “What to do with literary manuscripts? A model for manuscript studies after 1700”, Wim Van Mierlo explores how to bring the resources of genetic criticism and archive studies to bear on one another: “Despite sharing an object of study, genetic criticism and archive studies […]

“It was a failure of imagination”: Climate change, archives and material culture

This recent news item entitled, “HOW TO PROTECT RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE RAVAGES OF CLIMATE CHANGE” takes the debate around archives and materiality in another direction by highlighting how archives and manuscripts are at risk from climate change through disasters as well as changing temperatures. Author Sophie Yeo highlights how informal collections and […]

New this month: The Future of Literary Archives

From ARC Humanities Press in June 2018 comes The Future of Literary Archives: Diasporic and Dispersed Collections at Risk , edited by David Sutton and Ann Livingstone. From the press: “Literary archives differ from most other types of archival papers in that their locations are more diverse and difficult to predict. Acquiring institutions for literary […]

CFP: Archives, authority, aura: Modernism’s archival turn

Journal Special Issue: Papers on Language and Literature Special Issue Call for Papers Edited by Naomi Milthorpe, University of Tasmania The modernist scholar increasingly engages in work in the archive: engaging in minute and painstaking textual labour, seeking authority in manuscript papers and genetic criticism, or assisting in the opening up of modernist texts as […]

Caribbean Literary Archives

Caribbean Quarterly 62:3-4 (2016) is a special themed double issue on ‘Caribbean Literary Archives’. From Alison Donnell’s introduction: “This special issue on ‘Caribbean Literary Archives’ is part of a growing conversation around literary heritage and the future of the region’s literary past. The essays collected here demonstrate the significant potential of current research and professional […]

Archival Liveness: The Paper Archive in the Digital Age

New article by Joy Palacios in the new journal Performance Matters. From the article: “…in the midst of the laborious photo-taking and PDF creating process, I often wondered: am I killing my archive? If disaster were to strike the Maison provinciale such that future researchers could only access its contexts via the PDF versions I […]

Dunhuang: A secret library, digitally excavated

Dunhuang: A secret library, digitally excavated Just over a thousand years ago, someone sealed up a chamber in a cave outside the oasis town of Dunhuang, on the edge of the Gobi Desert in western China. The chamber was filled with more than five hundred cubic feet of bundled manuscripts. They sat there, hidden, for […]