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Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (Religion and Postmodernism Series) (edition 1998)

by Jacques Derrida, Eric Prenowitz (Translator)

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Title:Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (Religion and Postmodernism Series)
Authors:Jacques Derrida
Other authors:Eric Prenowitz (Translator)
Info:University Of Chicago Press (1998), Paperback, 128 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned (inactive)
Rating:***1/2
Tags:READ2003, Freud, Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism, Deconstructionism, WTF!, History, Archives, Coursework-Graduate School

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Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression by Jacques Derrida

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This extended essay is a transcript of a lecture given by Derrida at an international colloquium at the Freud Museum and doesn't just consider the nature of archives, but also the nature of memory and the place of both in Freudian theory.

Much of Derrida's book is focused on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the concept of Jewishness, but in exploring the development of psychoanalysis and the still emerging archival evidence that sheds light on how Freud worked and with whom he corresponded, Derrida also explores the nature of archives - what they are, and what they could become.

Reading the book took effort, but in a positive way. It forced me to think in a more abstract way about the meanings I attach to my profession (I am an archivist) and the documents I care for. I don't know that it was practically useful in helping me do my job, though. For me, that Freudian question of whether the time I've spent reading, reflecting and recording my thoughts was worthwhile, practical me says "Probably not." Time will tell. ( )
  missizicks | Apr 3, 2016 |
Derrida is always interesting, and there's plenty to chew on here, but the argument is a little hazy and convoluted, even by Derridean standards. The big points are clear enough, but also kind of a rehash of stuff Derrida has talked about before. ( )
  amydross | Nov 18, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0226143678, Paperback)

In Archive Fever, Jacques Derrida deftly guides us through an extended meditation on remembrance, religion, time, and technology—fruitfully occasioned by a deconstructive analysis of the notion of archiving. Intrigued by the evocative relationship between technologies of inscription and psychic processes, Derrida offers for the first time a major statement on the pervasive impact of electronic media, particularly e-mail, which threaten to transform the entire public and private space of humanity. Plying this rich material with characteristic virtuosity, Derrida constructs a synergistic reading of archives and archiving, both provocative and compelling.

"Judaic mythos, Freudian psychoanalysis, and e-mail all get fused into another staggeringly dense, brilliant slab of scholarship and suggestion."—The Guardian

"[Derrida] convincingly argues that, although the archive is a public entity, it nevertheless is the repository of the private and personal, including even intimate details."—Choice

"Beautifully written and clear."—Jeremy Barris, Philosophy in Review

"Translator Prenowitz has managed valiantly to bring into English a difficult but inspiring text that relies on Greek, German, and their translations into French."—Library Journal

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