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Author: Arlette Farge; Thomas Scott-Railton; Natalie Zemon Davis
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
Series: Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
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Arlette Farge's Le Goût de l'archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from the Archives of the Bastille, historian Farge was struck by the extraordinarily intimate portrayal they provided of the lives of the poor in pre-Revolutionary France, especially women. She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by the revelatory power  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arlette Farge; Thomas Scott-Railton; Natalie Zemon Davis
ISBN: 9780300176735 0300176732 9780300198935 0300198930
OCLC Number: 824670822
Notes: Originally published as Le Goût de l'archive. Editions du Seuil, 1989. Collection La Librairie du XXIe siècle sous la direction de Maurice Olender.
Description: xvi, 131 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Foreword / by Natalie Zemon Davis --
Traces by the thousands --
On the front door --
Paths and presences --
She has just arrived --
Gathering and handling the documents --
Captured speech --
The inventory room is sepulchral --
Writing --
Notes --
Notes on the translation.
Series Title: Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
Other Titles: Goût de l'archive.
Responsibility: Arlette Farge ; translated by Thomas Scott-Railton ; foreword by Natalie Zemon Davis.

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An exquisite appreciation of the distinctive rewards of historical research and a classic guide to the personal yet disciplined craft of discovery, now in its first English translation.  Read more...

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