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Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page


Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Maryanne Dever
    Pages 27-50
  3. Maryanne Dever
    Pages 51-73
  4. Maryanne Dever
    Pages 75-100
  5. Maryanne Dever
    Pages 101-107
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 109-121

About this book


The emergence of digital technologies in the realm of archives has enlivened our understandings of archival materialities and lent a new intensity to our engagements with the archived page by prompting us to consider the potential of paper and the page in ways that we have hitherto largely ignored. Paper, Materiality and Archived Page responds to this provocation by setting out an approach or an orientation to ‘thinking through paper’. Critically, it questions what work the archived page does if it is more than an invisible or transparent support to text. Three exemplary case studies are offered on the letters of Greta Garbo, the messy archival remains of Australian writer Eve Langley and the letters and manuscripts of English poet Valentine Ackland. Together they demonstrate how approaches grounded in concerns with materiality and matter can shift how we understand archival research and what we accept as archival ‘evidence’. They also reveal the emergent capacities of the paper page.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia

About the authors

Maryanne Dever is a Professor and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney. Her publications include The Intimate Archive: Journeys Through Private Papers and Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research. She co-edits the journal Australian Feminist Studies. 


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page
  • Authors Maryanne Dever
  • Series Title New Directions in Book History
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Directions in Book History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-49885-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-69830-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-49886-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 121
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of the Book
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