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The Allure of the Archives

Arlette Farge


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, the author 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 of voices otherwise lost. This book conveys the exhilaration of uncovering hidden secrets and the thrill of venturing into new dimensions of the past. Originally published in 1989, this classic work com ... More

Keywords: Archives of the Bastille, pre-Revolutionary France, women, archival research, French

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300176735
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300176735.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arlette Farge, author