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The Archival Imagination: Reading John Lydgate Toward a Theory of Literary Reproduction

The Archival Imagination: Reading John Lydgate Toward a Theory of Literary Reproduction T h e A r c h i v a l I m a g i n a t i o n : R e a d i n g J o h n Ly d g a t e T o w a r d a T h e o r y o f L i t e r a r y R e p r o d u c t i o n W i l l i a m K u s k i n There is no archive w ith o u t a place o f con sig natio n, w ith o u t a technique o f rep etitio n, and w ith o u t a certain exteriority. No archive w ith o u t outside. —Jacques Derrida, A rch ive Feveñ ooks are the archives o f lite rary history. This observation m ay seem superficial at first. O bviously, literature is represented by physical texts th a t are fo r the m ost part collated into books. In th is sense, books are artifacts not archives. S till, Derrida's ob servation w o rks both ways. As much http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

The Archival Imagination: Reading John Lydgate Toward a Theory of Literary Reproduction

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Copyright © 2007 Regents of the University of Colorado
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0013-8282
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2573-3575
DOI
10.1215/00138282-45.1.79
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T h e A r c h i v a l I m a g i n a t i o n : R e a d i n g J o h n Ly d g a t e T o w a r d a T h e o r y o f L i t e r a r y R e p r o d u c t i o n W i l l i a m K u s k i n There is no archive w ith o u t a place o f con sig natio n, w ith o u t a technique o f rep etitio n, and w ith o u t a certain exteriority. No archive w ith o u t outside. —Jacques Derrida, A rch ive Feveñ ooks are the archives o f lite rary history. This observation m ay seem superficial at first. O bviously, literature is represented by physical texts th a t are fo r the m ost part collated into books. In th is sense, books are artifacts not archives. S till, Derrida's ob servation w o rks both ways. As much

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Published: Mar 1, 2007

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