The Future of Literary Archives

This unique collection discusses the nature and future of literary manuscripts, the politics and ethics of collecting and international best practice in a world in which literary papers are increasingly dispersed.


£79.00 ISBN-13: 9781942401582


Ann Livingstone

David C. Sutton

Literary archives differ from most other types of archival papers in that their locations are more diverse and difficult to predict. Acquiring institutions for literary papers have historically had very little by way of collecting policies and consequently the collecting of literary papers has often been opportunistic and serendipitous. The essays collected in this book all derive or continue from the recent work of the Diasporic Literary Archives Network, which takes a comparative, transnational and internationalist approach to studying literary manuscripts, their uses and their significance. The focus on diaspora provides a philosophical framework which gives a highly original set of points of reference for the study of literary archives, including concepts such as the natural home, the appropriate location, exile, dissidence, fugitive existence, cultural hegemony, patrimony, heritage, and economic migration.


Introduction: Literary papers as the most ‘diasporic’ of all archives – David C. Sutton
Part One: Diasporic Lives, Diasporic Archives
Caribbean literary archives and the politics of location: Challenging the norms of belonging – Alison Donnell
The Huntley Archives at London Metropolitan Archives – Maureen Roberts
Conserving private literary and editorial archives: The story of the IMEC – André Derval
Migration, Freedom of Expression and the Importance of Diasporic Literary Archives – Jennifer Toews
Part Two: The Challenges of Literary Archives
The Universal Dimension of Diasporic Literary Archives – Jens Boel
Namibian literary archives: New beginnings and a possible African model – Veno V. Kauaria and David C. Sutton
Francophone Archives at Risk – Sophie Heywood
Italian Literary Archives: Legacies and Challenges – Daniela La Penna
Part Three: The World beyond Literary Archives
Unknown/Unknowns and Known/Unknowns – Trudy Huskamp Peterson
Publishers’ archives, author’s papers and literary scholarship – Andrew Nash
Diasporic archives in translation research: A Case Study of Anthony Burgess’s Archives – Serenella Zanotti
Part Four: Conclusion
Conclusion: The Future of Literary Manuscripts: An International Perspective – David C. Sutton
APPENDIX ONE: Authors and their papers: A guidance sheet for authors and writers