1. Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, trans. Steven F. Rendall (Berke-
ley: University of California Press, 1981), 131, 132.
2. De Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life is dedicated “to the ordinary man” (v).
INTRODUCTION. PAPER KNOWLEDGE
1. See Annelise Riles, “Introduction: In Response,” in Documents: Artifacts of Mod-
ern Knowledge, ed. Annelise Riles (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press,
2006), 6–7. See also Carlo Ginzburg, Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method,
trans. John Tedeschi and Anne C. Tedeschi (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 1989), 96–155; Anthony Grafton, The Footnote: A Curious His-
tory (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997).
2. John Guillory, “The Memo and Modernity,” Critical Inquiry 31, no. 1 (2004):
3. Lauren Berlant, The Female Complaint: The Unﬁnished Business of Sentimentality
in American Culture (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008), 314.
4. I’ve been influenced here by Virginia Jackson, Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of
Lyric Reading (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005); Ralph Cohen,
“History and Genre,” New Literary History 17, no. 2 (1986): 203–18; Carolyn R.
Miller, “Genre as Social Action,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 70 (1984): 151–67;
and conversations with Jennie Jackson, Rachael S. King, Cliﬀord Siskin, and
5. Briet was a proponent of the European bibliographical movement called Docu-
mentation. See Suzanne Briet, What Is Documentation? English Translation of the
Classic French Text, trans. Ronald E. Day, Laurent Martinet, and Hermina G. B.
Anghelescu (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2006). See also Bernd Frohmann, “The
Documentality of Mme. Briet’s Antelope,” in Communication Matters: Material-
ist Approaches to Media, Mobility, and Networks, ed. Jeremy Packer and Stephen B.
Crofts Wiley (New York: Routledge, 2012), 173–82.