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Archive fever: the publishers' archive and the history of the novel

Wilson, N. (2014) Archive fever: the publishers' archive and the history of the novel. In: Parrinder, P., Nash, A. and Wilson, N. (eds.) New Directions in the History of the Novel. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, pp. 76-87. ISBN 9781137026972

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Abstract/Summary

In recent years, archives have been increasingly important to literary scholarship. Drawing upon Derrida’s description of ‘archive fever’ as an always elusive search for origins, this chapter considers the theoretical and methodological issues of reading in the publishers’ archive, questioning what this brings to our histories of the novel. Through examples drawn from the archives of two British publishers – the Hogarth Press (1917-46) and Chatto & Windus (established 1873) – focussing on Virginia Woolf’s Flush (1933) and James Hanley’s The Furys (1935), the chapter assesses the implications of bringing book history to bear on literary history.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:36224
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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