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Archives, authority, aura: modernismís archival turn

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Milthorpe, NE, Archives, authority, aura: modernism's archival turn, 55, (1) ISSN 0031-1294 (2019) [Edited Journal]


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Abstract

The modernist scholar increasingly engages in work in the archive. Yet, as much as it is a place of work, it seems also to function domestically, as Jacques Derrida remarks: the archive is "house, a domicile, an address" (2). An address for what? Janine Utell argues the archive is "the resting place of the authority of the author, [Ö] the site of origins, order, stability, history" (53-54). At the same time as archives are sites of satisfyingly solid physical slog and of a stabilizing foundation in materiality, they also seem to prompt dream-work. Part of the enchantment of the archive emerges from its multiple narrative possibilities, as Alice Yaegar Kaplan suggests: will the researcher find herself in an epic, a gumshoe novel, or an adventure story? The mixed generic qualities of archive work "cross over, multiply, intertwine," says Kaplan (102). As a result, archive work proffers complex and multiple affective responses and possesses, as Philip Larkin once stated, a "magical value." (99)

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Item Type:Edited Journal
Keywords:literary studies, archives, modernism
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary Studies
Research Field:British and Irish Literature
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and Literature
UTAS Author:Milthorpe, NE (Dr Naomi Milthorpe)
ID Code:131684
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-03-29
Last Modified:2019-07-02
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