Reading the Early Modern English Diary

Authors: Nandi, Miriam

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  • Combines formalist, genre-oriented analyses with historically-informed psychoanalytic models to develop new approaches in diary criticismSheds light on a range of questions in early modern studies, from writing practices to practical theology, to women’s writing and the construction of selfhood or inwardnessAnalyses the “narrative identity” that is constructed in diaries from new angles that address the fragmented character of the texts into account

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Reading the Early Modern Diary traces the historical genealogy, formal characteristics, and shifting cultural uses of the early modern English diary. It explores the possibilities and limitations the genre held for the self-expression of a writer at a time which considerably pre-dated the Romantic cult of the individual self. The book analyzes the connections between genre and self-articulation: How could the diary come to be associated with emotional self-expression given the tedium and repetitiveness of its early seventeenth-century ancestors? How did what were once mere lists of daily events evolve into narrative representations of inner emotions? What did it mean to write on a daily basis, when the proper use of time was a heavily contested issue? Reading the Early Modern Diary addresses these questions and develops new theoretical frameworks for discussing interiority and affect in early modern autobiographical texts.


About the authors

Miriam Nandi is Professor of English Literature at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Her research interests include literary theory, early modern autobiographical writing, and postcolonial literature. She is the author of M/Other India/s (2007) and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (2009) and has co-edited Idleness, Indolence and Leisure in English Literature, with Monika Fludernik (2014) and MatteReality: Historical Trajectories and Conceptual Futures in Material Culture Studies, with Ingrid Gessner and Juliane Schwarz-Bierschenk, (2019). Recent publications include work on cultural memory studies and early modern diaries.


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading the Early Modern English Diary
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42327-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42327-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42326-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 197
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