Archives

This collection of books and special journal issues examine the archive as a site of inquiry that demands dynamic and interdisciplinary reading. Engaging with a diverse set of archives, these projects range from accounts of the discovery of Guatemala’s secret police archives and analyses of the historical and cultural interactions between porn and the archive to investigations into the dimensions of archiving transgender phenomena. The innovative engagement with the archive in these texts reimagine what the archive can be, where it can be found, and what kinds of information it can hold while simultaneously drawing on the archive to bring the lives and experiences of historically marginalized peoples into view. This collection plumbs Duke University Press’s own archive of books and journals to highlight scholarship that broadens the understanding of how we engage with the past, exist in the present, and anticipate the future.

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