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
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Afterlives of Abandoned Work considers the relevance of unfinished projects to literary history and criticism, looking beyond famous posthumous work to investigate the abandoned everyday, from scrapped plans and rejected ideas to half-written novels or unfinished artistic works. It traces how the reading of abandoned creative endeavor-whether arriving in the form of a rejection letter, a disagreement with a collaborator, or the simple act of walking away from one's desk-can change the way we think about cultural production, the creative process, and the intellectual construction of everyday life. Over five distinct journeys through a variety of archives, from major research libraries to the unique collections of individual enthusiasts, Matthew Harle draws surprising connections between literary studies, media studies, and visual arts, exploring unfinished projects from Thomas Pynchon, Muriel Spark, B.S. Johnson, Harold Pinter, and others. Rooted in literary criticism, Afterlives of Abandoned Work reads unbuilt buildings, unfilmed screenplays, and unpublished novels and radio sketches as forms of text that can help us consider the enduring fragmentation and anecdotal construction of cultural form, as well as expand literary criticism's approach to the archive.

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Author:   Matthew Harle (Barbican Centre, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic USA
Weight:   0.522kg
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:   To order   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 *


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 *


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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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