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Tense FutureModernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form$
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Paul K. Saint-Amour

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190200947

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190200947.001.0001

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Fantasias of the Archive

Fantasias of the Archive

Hamilton’s Savage and Jenkinson’s Manual

(p.133) 3 Fantasias of the Archive
Tense Future

Paul K. Saint-Amour

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 extends the previous chapter’s analysis of dissidence in the face of an apparently foreclosed future. At issue here are two works published in 1922 and preoccupied with the relations among war, futurity, and the archive: Theodore Savage, a work of apocalyptic speculative fiction by suffragist Cicely Hamilton, and the Manual of Archive Administration by Hilary Jenkinson. Although these works could not be farther apart generically, both forbear to instrumentalize the present in the name of either tradition or posterity. Instead, they advocate celibacy (marital and reproductive for Hamilton, historiographic for Jenkinson) as a desire in and for the present. The chapter identifies these two works as genre-mates and interwar forerunners of two types of fantasia more commonly associated with the Cold War: one that imagines the persistence of humanity and the extinction of the archive; the other envisioning the extinction of humanity and the persistence of the archive.

Keywords:   dissidence, 1922, Cicely Hamilton, Hilary Jenkinson, celibacy, sexual, archive

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