Afterlives of Abandoned Work: Creative Debris in the Archive

Author:   Matthew Harle (Barbican Centre, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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9781501339424


Pages:   264
Publication Date:   27 December 2018
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Matthew Harle (Barbican Centre, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic USA
ISBN:  

9781501339424


ISBN 10:   1501339427
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   27 December 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments 1. On the Shelf: An Introduction to Abandoned Work 2. The Writing and Rewriting of Place: The Story of Llano del Rio 3. Town Fictions: Planning the Future in Postwar London 4. A Shattering Achievement: Piecing Together Pinter's Proust 5. The Frugal Charade: Ideas for Books in Literary Archives 6. Remains to Be Seen: Afterword Bibliography Index

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One of the foundational manoeuvres of the critical historian of culture is to turn finished works into unfinished ones. Matthew Harle has a head's start here, and he capitalises on it brilliantly revealing the unrealised, the unmade and the abandoned as the ghostly DNA of the cultural sphere. * Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sussex, UK * A glorious typology of the abandoned, failed and unfinished. Matthew Harle enthusiastically traces entropic utopias, ill-advised transport schemes, unraveled cinematic collaborations and unrealised literary projects in a compelling account of the enemies of promise that haunt fallible archives. It is a book that celebrates creative failure and thoughtfully explores the material spaces of incompletion. In a tour de force of intertextuality, it juxtaposes the infinite potential of the unfinished against the mundane inadequacies of the archive. Full of poignant foreclosures, this is a subtle, funny and excitingly original glimpse into the realms of arrested achievement. * Barry Curtis, Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies, Royal College of Art, UK *


One of the foundational manoeuvres of the critical historian of culture is to turn finished works into unfinished ones. Matthew Harle has a head's start here, and he capitalises on it brilliantly revealing the unrealised, the unmade and the abandoned as the ghostly DNA of the cultural sphere. * Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sussex, UK *


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Matthew Harle is a writer, archive curator and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Barbican Centre, UK. His writing has appeared in a number of publications, such as Sight & Sound, Screen, CITY and Cineaste, and he is the co-editor of Of Mud and Flame: A Penda's Fen Sourcebook (2018).

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