Archives of the Global Anglophone (Panel)


Global Anglophone

Ben Fried (Cornell University)

Where do we find important archives for the study of the Global Anglophone? How were their materials accumulated and how are they currently arranged? What do these collections record, and what do they omit? Who can access them, particularly in this lingering pandemic season? This panel invites papers which explore the archives, whether personal or institutional, that enrich our understanding of literatures in English—and that provide material resources for research and teaching in the rising, disputed discipline of the Global Anglophone. Both established centers of archival study—the British Library, the BBC Written Archives Centre, the Harry Ransom Center, to name a few—and less well-known concentrations of documents will make for welcome subjects. Submissions may engage with the archives’ location and curation, their uses and abuses in scholarship, the connections and disparities that emerge across Anglophone literatures, the gravitational pull exerted by the wealth of Western institutions and the potential for digitization to act as a decolonizing force. The Global Anglophone is a disciplinary category still in search of conceptual and material frameworks: this session will bring to light patterns of production, circulation, collection, and accessibility that shape the Global Anglophone as a field of literary production and that can illuminate it as a field of literary study.

This panel explores archives, personal or institutional, that enrich our understanding of literatures in English—and that provide material resources for research and teaching in the rising, disputed discipline of the Global Anglophone.