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Lizzie Dripping and the
Ladies from Sussex:
Affective Presence in the
Archive
Katharine Woods
PhD Information Studies, HAT...
Lizzie
Dripping
„It often looked as if she
was telling what most
people would call fibs. She
wasn't of course. She was
jus...
Ladies from
Sussex
„I spent a considerable part of
each day replying to the
letters and was actually glad
when, one day, a...
Affective Presence
„There is a deeply affective side to
historical work which might not be
readily admitted in print but w...
Jane Duncan
Born 1910, died1976
Lived: Environs of Glasgow, the south of England,
Biggar, Jamaica and the Black Isle
Atten...
Based on a True Story
Seven manuscripts simultaneously accepted for
publication by Macmillan
Nineteen „My Friends‟ novels
...
Readers in Archives
„if archives are only
for your own family‟s
history, for your
psychological
needs, for your own
versio...
What‟s the Story?
„Along with her worldwide family of
readers, we have wondered what is
fact, fiction or myth, particularl...
Policing the Boundaries
„texts that cannot easily be
constituted as 'national' texts
in their content, theme or
style, or ...
In
„History and society merely externalize
the sad imperatives of personal growth
[…] It is the central paradox of elegy:
...
Out
„The most prolific Scottish
women writers are those
who deal with family life -
usually happy - in a
couthy, pawky way...
Elizabeth to
Jane
Jane to
Janet
Readers in Books
„“The person that hears the story makes it
different.”
I looked at the boy with admiration. “Sometimes,”
...
Readers in Archives
University of Glasgow Library, Special Collections
Papers of Elizabeth Jane Cameron (Jane Duncan)
MS G...
Brown Paper Packages
Tied Up With String
Order: MS Gen
1770/A/1/62
Ask The Expert
„interaction,
intervention,
interrogation
and
interpretation
by creator, user
and archivist‟
(Ketelaar, 200...
Personal Fonds
„Crowded, confused, over-full of
memories and associations as my mind
was, this was what gave me identity.
...
The Double Ouroboros
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  1. 1. Lizzie Dripping and the Ladies from Sussex: Affective Presence in the Archive Katharine Woods PhD Information Studies, HATII Year 1, Part-time
  2. 2. Lizzie Dripping „It often looked as if she was telling what most people would call fibs. She wasn't of course. She was just making things up as she went along --- and that is quite a different matter‟ „Lizzie was a very honest fibber.‟ (Cresswell, 1973, pp1-2, p30)
  3. 3. Ladies from Sussex „I spent a considerable part of each day replying to the letters and was actually glad when, one day, a very rude letter arrived from a lady who lived in Sussex.‟ „no matter where the letters came from, no matter what the sex of the writers might be, Rory [the postman] was always greeted with the words : “Are there any Ladies from Sussex among them the-day, Rory?”‟ (Duncan, 1976, pp75 and 77)
  4. 4. Affective Presence „There is a deeply affective side to historical work which might not be readily admitted in print but which animates discussions among colleagues and sends historians dashing to archives, pencils sharpened, digital cameras charged, minds racing.‟ „the physical touch of documents is often an essential part of the inspiration that moves a researcher to make a serendipitous discovery--it connects the researcher in a very real way to the period under study. […] the feeling of holding that document has never left me.‟
  5. 5. Jane Duncan Born 1910, died1976 Lived: Environs of Glasgow, the south of England, Biggar, Jamaica and the Black Isle Attended Glasgow University 1927-1930 and Glasgow Business School Served with the WAAF in WW2, and was commissioned into Photographic Intelligence Did not marry but lived with Sandy Clapperton as man and wife Wrote books to earn a living after Sandy‟s death
  6. 6. Based on a True Story Seven manuscripts simultaneously accepted for publication by Macmillan Nineteen „My Friends‟ novels Five „Camerons‟ books Four „Jean‟ books Three „Janet Reachfar‟ picture books One autobiographical FAQ
  7. 7. Readers in Archives „if archives are only for your own family‟s history, for your psychological needs, for your own version of history, and for your own sense of identity, there may not be any room to learn about or identify with others‟ (Little, 2007, p111)
  8. 8. What‟s the Story? „Along with her worldwide family of readers, we have wondered what is fact, fiction or myth, particularly in the relation of her fictional „I‟, Janet Sandison, to her actual life and self.‟ Hart and Hart (1997, p468)
  9. 9. Policing the Boundaries „texts that cannot easily be constituted as 'national' texts in their content, theme or style, or writers whose political opinions are not in line with literary nationalism are omitted from the canon – despite its ostensible plurality. This results in a rather one-sided depiction of political views, of the oeuvre of certain authors and of the kind of genres that are considered most representative of the nation.‟ (Preuss, 2011)
  10. 10. In „History and society merely externalize the sad imperatives of personal growth […] It is the central paradox of elegy: the exploration of loss transforms the lost beloved into a reality of transcendent power; space and time become a new dimension in memory.‟ Hart (1978, p386)
  11. 11. Out „The most prolific Scottish women writers are those who deal with family life - usually happy - in a couthy, pawky way […] an idealised rural setting, in series such as Jane Duncan‟s Reachfar books‟ (Shepherd, 1980, p53)
  12. 12. Elizabeth to Jane
  13. 13. Jane to Janet
  14. 14. Readers in Books „“The person that hears the story makes it different.” I looked at the boy with admiration. “Sometimes,” I said, “I think that Duncan is the only one in this family who has any real sense. Of course, the person who hears the story or reads the story contributes just as much to it as the person who tells it or writes it.”‟ „In the original script, every other page contained the words „ Dear Reader‟ because I had always liked this direct old-fashioned approach to the reader and I thought it conveyed the thought behind my writing. I write as a friend to a friend who is my dear reader.‟ (Duncan, (1976, 1975)
  15. 15. Readers in Archives University of Glasgow Library, Special Collections Papers of Elizabeth Jane Cameron (Jane Duncan) MS Gen 1770 MS Gen 1770/A – Published and unpublished manuscripts
  16. 16. Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String
  17. 17. Order: MS Gen 1770/A/1/62
  18. 18. Ask The Expert „interaction, intervention, interrogation and interpretation by creator, user and archivist‟ (Ketelaar, 2005)
  19. 19. Personal Fonds „Crowded, confused, over-full of memories and associations as my mind was, this was what gave me identity. Without it, I would be a nemo-sign, a non-person‟ (Duncan, 1974, p18)
  20. 20. The Double Ouroboros

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