These Ghostly Archives : The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath
Focusing on previously unpublished material found in archives from all around the world, 'These Ghostly Archives' aims to reconstruct the ghostly figure of Plath within our culture via unseen letters, manuscripts, photographs, places, and poems. This book approaches archival studies by exploring both the practical and experiential work carried out in the archive, highlighting the 'detective' type work that it involves and the traces left behind from history. However, for the first time, this book also combines the sociological notion of 'haunting'-that is, the archive as a location where both the researchers haunt the research subject, and in turn are haunted by the traces left behind. Never is material culture more powerful than when associated with the dead. Never is an archive more ghostly than when it is haunted by the absent presence of Plath. This book showcases the necessity to leave no archival box or folder left unopened, and how the researcher and the archive can change, even though its documents might stay the same. 'These Ghostly Archives' offers a ground-breaking and unique look at Sylvia Plath studies.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
- 19 Sep 2017
- Fonthill Media
- Toadsmoor Road, United Kingdom
- 21 colour and 11 black & white photographs
About Gail Crowther
Dr Gail Crowther is the author of several papers and chapters on Sylvia Plath and co-author of 'Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning' published by Fonthill Media. Archivist Peter K. Steinberg is the author of a 2004 biography 'Sylvia Plath' published by Chelsea House, as well as articles and introductions to works by and about Sylvia Plath. He is currently co-editing an edition of Plath's letters for Faber.