Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process presents highly readable narratives that demystify and illuminate the research process by showing how personal experiences, family history, and scholarly research intersect. Editors Gesa E. Kirsch and Liz Rohan emphasize how important it is for researchers to tap into their passions, pursuing research subjects that attract their attention with creativity and intuition without limiting themselves to traditional archival sources and research methods.Eighteen contributors from a number of disciplines detail inspiring research opportunities that led to recently published works, while offering insights on such topics as starting and finishing research projects, using a wide range of types of sources and methods, and taking advantage of unexpected leads, chance encounters, and simple clues. In addition, the narratives trace the importance of place in archival research, the parallels between the lives of research subjects and researchers, and explore archives as sites that resurrect personal, cultural, and historical memory.
Gesa E. Kirsch, a professor of English at Bentley College, is the author of Ethical Dilemmas in Feminist Research and Women Writing the Academy. Liz Rohan, an assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, has published articles in several journals, including Rhetoric Review and Computers and Composition Studies.