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Lost in the Archives

Jacques Derrida; Gustave Flaubert; Editor-Rebecca Comay

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ISBN 10: 0973055006 / ISBN 13: 9780973055009
Published by Alphabet City, 2002
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Title: Lost in the Archives

Publisher: Alphabet City

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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There is a crisis in the archives. Contemporary protocols for archiving and accessing increasingly vast amounts of materials present unprecedented possibilities and problems for the production, classification, and use of knowledge. Surveying the jagged edge between memory and forgetting, revealing the force and scope of some of memory's losses--its technical drop-outs, its lacunae, burials, omissions, eclipses, and denials--Lost in the Archives explores the thesis that memory is productively read from its failures and absences, in the not-yet or impossible archives, in archive fevers and dementias, in all the places archives cannot or have not looked. Investigations on the limits of memory are instigated by over 70 artists and writers, including Jacques Derrida, Atom Egoyan, Gustave Flaubert, Boris Groys, Candida Höfer, Rem Koolhaas, Sol Lewitt, Bruce Mau, and Jeff Wall. Like a purloined letter, the shelved and forgotten book wields its most virulent power precisely in being unread. Unread, if not indeed illegible, what is lost in the archive may prove to exert the most shocking force.

Edited and with an introduction by Rebecca Comay. Series Editor John Knechtel. Art Director Gilbert Li.

Paperback, 640 pages, 200 color and 75 b&w images.

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Rebecca Comay teaches Philosophy and Literary Studies at the University of Toronto. The author of numerous articles on continental philosophy and criticism, she is currently working on three book projects: Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the Impossibility of Memory, Proustian Impressions: Trauma, Technology, Theory, and Benjamin's Wake: Between Melancholia and Fetishism.

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