The Future of Literary Archives: Diasporic and Dispersed Collections at Risk


The Future of Literary Archives: Diasporic and Dispersed Collections at Risk

ISBN: 9781942401575


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

Author Bio(s)

David C. Sutton is Director of Research Projects in Reading University Library. He is editor of the Location Register of English Literary Manuscripts and Letters and UK editor of the WATCH copyright project.

Ann Livingstone is an administrator at the University of Reading. She provided administrative and editorial support to the Diasporic Literary Archives research project from which this book was born.

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