Speculative Biography (Reading List)

This short reading list includes work where historians and biographers have reflected on the possibility and desirability of using fictional techniques to write real lives. It should be noted that not all of the following use the term 'speculative biography' or 'biofiction'. If you have any other suggestions for work you think belongs on a … Continue reading Speculative Biography (Reading List)

Some Readings on Archives

One of the things I've been thinking about recently concerns the distance from archival research to a finished article. I'm very conscious of the danger of seeing the Archive as a kind of neutral information box, and trying to think about more ways to incorporate reflections on the constitution of archives into my writing. I … Continue reading Some Readings on Archives

The History of the Tarot (Bibliography)

I've been interested in the history of the Tarot since I first read Jeanne Favret-Saada's classic work on witchcraft in Normandy. In the process of becoming an 'unwitcher' Favret-Saada learned how to use the Tarot to diagnose witchcraft.   How might people in nineteenth-century France have used the Tarot (and indeed other playing cards) for … Continue reading The History of the Tarot (Bibliography)