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Figures and Other Fictions in the Archive

Figures and Other Fictions in the Archive F i g u r e s a n d O t h e r F i c t i o n s in t h e A r c h i v e W i l l i a m N . w e s t y title pays hom age to Natalie Zem on Davis's Fiction in the Archives.'1 B rillia n tly engaging in its ow n rig h t—th e book argued th a t early m odern court records could not be s im p ly un de rsto od as records o f events, b u t had pa raliterary and generic qualities th a t shaped h o w the y to ld stories —its title also provided a catchphrase fo r th e m ost recent o f the lin g u istic tu rns made w ith in th e disciplin e o f history. A m o n g other th in g s, it made e xp licit the a n xie ty w ith in the cultu re o f academia th a t w h a t the archive con­ tains m ay be fictio n http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

Figures and Other Fictions in the Archive

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Copyright
Copyright © 2007 Regents of the University of Colorado
ISSN
0013-8282
eISSN
2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-45.1.45
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Abstract

F i g u r e s a n d O t h e r F i c t i o n s in t h e A r c h i v e W i l l i a m N . w e s t y title pays hom age to Natalie Zem on Davis's Fiction in the Archives.'1 B rillia n tly engaging in its ow n rig h t—th e book argued th a t early m odern court records could not be s im p ly un de rsto od as records o f events, b u t had pa raliterary and generic qualities th a t shaped h o w the y to ld stories —its title also provided a catchphrase fo r th e m ost recent o f the lin g u istic tu rns made w ith in th e disciplin e o f history. A m o n g other th in g s, it made e xp licit the a n xie ty w ith in the cultu re o f academia th a t w h a t the archive con­ tains m ay be fictio n

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English Language NotesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2007

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