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
, 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
trust was placed in this representation offered hereafter. As discussed
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
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
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