The Intimate Archive

The Intimate Archive

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The Intimate Archive examines the issues involved in using archival material to research the personal lives of public people, in this case of Australian writers Marjorie Barnard (1897-1987), Aileen Palmer (1915-1988) and Lesbia Harford (1891-1927). The book provides an insight into the romantic experiences of the three women, based on their private letters, diaries and notebooks held in public institutions. Maryanne Dever, Ann Vickery and Sally Newman consider the ethical dilemmas that they faced while researching private material, in particular of making conclusions based on material that was possibly never intended by its subjects to be consumed publically. In this sense, the book is both an introverted contemplation of private affairs and an extroverted meditation on the right to acquire and assume intimate knowledge.21 Ann Cvetkovich, An Archive of Feelings:Trauma, Sexuality and Lesbian Public Cultures. Durham: ... 65-74. 24 Quoted in Louise Rorabacher, Fran/c Dalby Davison. ... 26-27. 30 Barnard to N. Palmer, 17 April 1934, Papers of V. and N. Palmer, National Library of Australia, MS 1174/1/4411-5. ... 39 Daniel Karlin, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett: The Courtship Correspondence 1845- 1846. Oxford: ... Talking across the World: The Love Letters of Olaf Stapledon and Agnes Miller, anbsp;...

Title:The Intimate Archive
Author: Maryanne Dever, Ann Vickery, Sally Newman
Publisher:National Library Australia - 2009

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