Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History

Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History

By: Antoinette Burton (editor)Paperback

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Despite the importance of archives to the profession of history, there is very little written about actual encounters with them-about the effect that the researcher's race, gender, or class may have on her experience within them or about the impact that archival surveillance, architecture, or bureaucracy might have on the histories that are ultimately written. This provocative collection initiates a vital conversation about how archives around the world are constructed, policed, manipulated, and experienced. It challenges the claims to objectivity associated with the traditional archive by telling stories that illuminate its power to shape the narratives that are "found" there.Archive Stories brings together ethnographies of the archival world, most of which are written by historians. Some contributors recount their own experiences. One offers a moving reflection on how the relative wealth and prestige of Western researchers can gain them entry to collections such as Uzbekistan's newly formed Central State Archive, which severely limits the access of Uzbek researchers. Others explore the genealogies of specific archives, from one of the most influential archival institutions in the modern West, the Archives nationales in Paris, to the significant archives of the Bakunin family in Russia, which were saved largely through the efforts of one family member. Still others explore the impact of current events on the analysis of particular archives. A contributor tells of researching the 1976 Soweto riots in the politically charged atmosphere of the early 1990s, just as apartheid in South Africa was coming to an end. A number of the essays question what counts as an archive-and what counts as history-as they consider oral histories, cyberspace, fiction, and plans for streets and buildings that were never built, for histories that never materialized. Contributors. Tony Ballantyne, Marilyn Booth, Antoinette Burton, Ann Curthoys, Peter Fritzsche, Durba Ghosh, Laura Mayhall, Jennifer S. Milligan, Kathryn J. Oberdeck, Adele Perry, Helena Pohlandt-McCormick, John Randolph, Craig Robertson, Horacio N. Roque Ramirez, Jeff Sahadeo, Renee Sentilles

About Author

Antoinette Burton is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is the Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies. She is the author of Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home, and History in Late Colonial India and At the Heart of the Empire: Indians and the Colonial Encounter in Late-Victorian Britain. She is the editor of After the Imperial Turn: Thinking with and through the Nation and a coeditor of Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History, both also published by Duke University Press. With Jean Allman, she edits The Journal of Women's History.


Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Archive Fever, Archive Stories / Antoinette Burton 1 Part I. Close Encounters: The Archive as Contact Zone 25 National Narratives and the Politics of Miscegenation: Britain and India / Durba Ghosh 27 "Without the Past There is No Future": Archives, History, and Authority in Uzbekistan / Jeff Sahadeo 45 Mechanisms of Exclusion: Historicizing the Archive and the Passport / Craig Roberston 68 Mr. Peal's Archive: Mobility and Exchange in Histories of Empire / Tony Ballantyne 87 A Living Archive of Desire: Teresita la Campesina and the Embodient of Queer Latino Community Histories / Horacio N. Roque Ramirez 111 Toiling in the Archives of Cyberspace / Renee M. Sentilles 136 Part II. States of Art: "Official" Archives and Counter-Histories 157 "What Is an Archive?" in the History of Modern France / Jennifer S. Milligan 159 The Archive and the Case of the German Nation / Peter Fritzsche 184 On the Biography of the Bakunin Family Archive / John Randolph 209 Creating the "Suffragette Spirit": British Feminism and the Historical Imagination / Laura Mayhall 232 Archives of the Unbuilt Environment: Documents and Discourses of Imagined Space in Twentieth-Century Kohler, Wisconsin / Kathryn J. Oberdeck 251 Fiction's Imaginative Archive and the Newspaper's Local Scandals: The Case of Nineteenth-Century Egypt / Marilyn Booth 274 Part III. Archive Matters: The Past in the Present 297 In Good Hands: Researching the 1976 Soweto Uprising in the State Archives of South Africa / Helena Pohlandt-McCormick 299 The Colonial Archive on Trial: Possession, Dispossession, and History in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia / Adele Perry 325 The History of Killing and the Killing of History / Ann Curthoys 351 Selected Bibliography 375 Contributors 381 Index 385

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  • ISBN13: 9780822336884
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9780822336884
  • ISBN10: 082233688X

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