In 2008, Kate Eichorn wrote: “To write in a digital age is to write in the archive.” She reflects on how the ubiquitous nature of “the archive” may be “inflected in our writing, especially in emerging genres of writing.” In other words, archives have changed the way we compose – our writing and ourselves – in a digital age. We are composing and being composed by archives. Additionally, while the pervasive nature of archives is generally acknowledged among humanities scholars working in the digital realm, there does not seem to be a general consensus about what digital archives are or how they differ from digital libraries, collections or repositories.
The open access, born digital edited collection Composing In/With/Through Archives explores these issues, contributing to discussions about the archival turn in humanities scholarship
The edited collection is interested (but certainly not limited to) the following questions:
This born digital edited collection is published using CommentPress, a WordPress plugin designed to support rich, fine grained, and sustained discussion around scholarly works. The collection includes an editors’ introduction and two sections: The first section –“Theorizing Digital Archives”– defines what digital archives are and how they have helped shape the humanities in the past few decades. The second section – “Working with Digital Archives” – contains case studies describing authors’ work with particular digital archives and the affordances and challenges of working with such archives.