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Mal d'Archive: Une Impression Freudienne is a French language book of philosophy by Jacques Derrida first published in 1995 by Éditions Galilée. An English translation, Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression by Eric Prenowitz, was published in 1996.

Archive Fever discusses the nature and function of the archive, particularly in Freudian terms and in light of the death drive. The book also contains discusses of Judaism and Jewish identity and of electronic technology such as e-mail.

From the publisher:

In Archive Fever, Jacques Derrida deftly guides us through an extended meditation on remembrance, religion, time, and technology—fruitfully occasioned by a deconstructive analysis of the notion of archiving. Intrigued by the evocative relationship between technologies of inscription and psychic processes, Derrida offers for the first time a major statement on the pervasive impact of electronic media, particularly e-mail, which threaten to transform the entire public and private space of humanity. Plying this rich material with characteristic virtuosity, Derrida constructs a synergistic reading of archives and archiving, both provocative and compelling.

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