A Spectral Presence

While I enjoyed both of the readings for this week, I found myself especially drawn to Klein's archival work. For me, Klein's discussion of the interstices of the archive illuminates the potential of DH not only to combat hegemonic master narratives but also to challenge our conceptions, as Klein writes, "of what it truly means to know" (665) as well as what it means to archive. I think, for me, one of my main difficulties in this course correlates to how entrenched my English-brained conceptions of learning and reading are. Klein's project provides an important reminder that DH is/can be much more than an subfield of English literature. Indeed, the symptomatic reading that I have come to rely on in many of my projects here serves as a form of violence rather than of cultural recovery and sociopolitical praxis.