interpretive traditions.76 The focus on reading and readers thus takes attention away from the individual text and at the same time inserts literary history and intertextual dynamics into the question over genre and change. Bakhtin, Derrida, and the temporality of generic archives The act of reading also takes on a crucial role in the critical work of M. M. Bakhtin. Unlike his fellow Russian critic Vladimir Propp (born also in 1895), Bakhtin resisted the scientistic lure of strict formalist or structuralist logic and instead approached literary texts from a language

in Novel horizons
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Surrogates, envelopes

, watercolor and gouache on paper, 64 x 51 in. consideration or criticality.4 In concluding this book with a rumination on Majoli’s work I hope to also turn a lens back on myself, on the archive I’ve assembled while writing this book, and on the transformative capacities that accompany identification with another within and outside the scene of sex—a practice some might call love. 221 9.1 222 Bound together Years after my initial conversation with Majoli, I happened to be reading Roland Barthes’s assemblage of fragments, A Lover’s Discourse. The occasion was a book

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‘Clubs that don’t exist anymore’ ‘Clubs that don’t exist anymore’ 129 6 Archive: The Carter/Johnson Leather Library; Viola Johnson’s pin sash An illustration in the 1955 Girl Scout Handbook: Intermediate Program depicts two teenage girls examining a sash filled with badges (figure 6.1). The girl wearing the sash looks down, her head bowed as she speaks to her companion. Lifting the sash away from her body with her right hand, she points with Illustration from the Girl Scout Handbook: Intermediate Program, © 1953/1955 by Girl Scouts of the United States

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differ. To unpack the importance of the Union, we employed a three-part methodology. The first of these was a review of the existing literature, the second archival work, and the third detailed interviews with a number of key important figures in the Union’s story. Each of those came with its own problems – the limited bibliography, the disappearing paper trails within incomplete archives, and the sometimes conflicting and contradictory recollections of interviewees  – but when combined, we trust that they have produced a detailed and revealing history of the Union. We

in Players’ work time
Representations of Britain’s naval past at the Greenwich Night Pageant, 1933

, diary of Domvile, vol. XLIX, 1 September 1932. 16 Ibid., 13 November 1932. 17 NMM, DOM 50, diary of Domvile, vol. L, 3 February 1933. 18 Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (hereafter LHMCA), C22, correspondence re. Greenwich Night Pageant, letter from Domvile to Bryant, date illegible but from around mid-1932. 19 Ibid. 20 NMM, DOM 49, vol. XLIX, 6 July 1932. 21 LHMCA, C22, agreement for services as producer between Greenwich Night Pageant Ltd and Bryant. According to The National Archives’ (hereafter TNA) money convertor, £400 in 1935 would have

in A new naval history

record publishing became popular in the nineteenth century. Every published edition of a source extended the range of possibilities for both national and local historians, but it was the principle of public responsibility for records which really stimulated change. The founding of the Public Record Office in the mid-nineteenth century improved access to the national archives, and from 1889 the principle of local responsibility for archives was enshrined in the legislation creating county councils. In this chapter we look initially at the growth of access to records

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Pereire must be construed from many different archival sources. While these are summarised in the Select bibliography, the private Archives de la famille Pereire in Paris particularly require comment. Consisting of letters, manuscripts, company documents, privately published articles, a complete set of Pereire publications, this is an important collection but one which has suffered some depredation over the years. What has survived is thus largely incomplete and tends to be concentrated on certain subjects, a random collection thrown together by the hazards of time

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whose trust was placed in this representation offered hereafter. As discussed MUP_Gerrard_Childhoods_Printer.indd 118 02/04/2014 10:39 Introduction 119 in chapter 1, in addition to archival sources this history draws on twenty-two interviews with past and present BSS teachers and students. Requests for anonymity by some of those interviewed mean that is not possible to provide detailed biographies or to name the BSSs with which they were involved. At the same time, however, I want to avoid presenting a history of BSSs that is decontextualised and which writes out

in Radical childhoods
Mnemotechnics and the ghost of ‘the folk’

that such an activity is, in Archive Fever, a matter of the archive. More precisely, it is a matter of consignation – the taxonomic gathering of signs inscribed on a substrate – and a matter of exegesis – the interpretation of the signs by an archon, a figure of judgement and normative law.3 The injunction of the spectre is thus an issue of the archive, because it asks us to reconsider a tradition that must necessarily be remembered by forms of inscription, in texts and documents collected, sorted, and maintained (and dispersed, disordered, and destroyed) in archival

in The machine and the ghost
French denaturalisation law on the brink of World War II

French parliamentary archival documents related to denaturalisation’s legislative process, the chapter discusses the extent to which denaturalisation became a major political strategy, authorised in the name of the security of the nation. Especially attentive to the language at work in those political juridical documents, that is, paying particular attention to rhetorical tropes, semantic fields, and

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