Archives

Archives:

Scholarly: Jane Austen’s MSS Archive

Experimental: Ecclesiastical Proust Archive

It seems that the scholarly archives are mostly intended to be educational to readers, particularly to allow them to be immersed in the subject of the given archive. For example, the Jane Austen MSS Archive presents all of Jane Austen’s works in her handwriting. As mentioned in the archive’s home page, this notably shows the author’s progression as a writer over the period of her life, rather than be focused solely on her books’ content. The experimental archive, too, is intent on informing readers researching the particular subject. The Proust Archive allows viewers to apply his writings to real life, which is not quite the same approach, as seen in the Austen archive.

Although the intent and content of these two types of archives, and these two specific archives, may differ, there remain certain similarities between them. Both archives seem to take average readers from reading books, such as those by Austen and Proust, and bring a more analytical view of the significance of those books. For example, the Austen archive relates her works to her progression in life, and the Proust archive relates the content (churches) of one of his works to real-world locations.

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