Marcus Robyns (AIS-Archives) is the author of the newly released paperback titled Using Functional Analysis in Archival Appraisal: A Practical and Effective Alternative to Traditional Appraisal Methodologies. The book questions whether, in an age of scarcity and the challenge of electronic records, archivists and records managers can continue to rely upon a traditional appraisal methodology essentially unchanged since the early 1950s. Robyns shows how archivists in other countries are already using functional analysis, which offers a better, more effective and practical alternative to traditional appraisal methodologies that rely upon an analysis of the records themselves. The book offers practical advice on the application of functional analysis to a variety of record types and media, as well as a recommended process for implementation. For more information, visit Functional Analysis.
Nathaniel Greenberg (English) wrote The Aesthetic of Revolution in the Film and Literature of Naguib Mahfouz, which was released in July. In the wake of the 1952 Revolution, Egypt’s future Nobel laureate in literature devoted himself exclusively to writing for film. Greenberg’s book is the first full-length study in English to examine this critical period in Mahfouz’s career and to contextualize it within the scope of post-revolutionary Egyptian politics and culture. Before returning to literature in 1959 with his post-revolutionary masterpiece Children of the Alley, Mahfouz wrote or co-wrote some 20 scripts, many of them among the most successful in Egyptian history. He did so at a time when film was the country’s second-largest export commodity after cotton and fourth-largest film industry in the world. For more information, click here.