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On Diary is the second collection in English of the groundbreaking and profoundly influential work of one of the best-known and provocative theorists of autobiography and diary. Ranging from the diary’s historical origins to its pervasive presence on the Internet, from the spiritual journey of the sixteenth century to the diary of Anne Frank, and from the materials and methods of diary writing to the question of how diaries end, these essays display Philippe Lejeune’s expertise, eloquence, passion, and humor as a commentator on the functions, practices, and significance of keeping or reading a diary. Lejeune is a leading European critic and theorist of diary and autobiography. His landmark essay, "The Autobiographical Pact," has shaped life writing studies for more than thirty years, and his many books and essays have repeatedly opened up new vistas for scholarship. As Michael Riffaterre notes, "Lejeune’s work on autobiography is the most original, powerful, effective approach to a difficult subject. . . . His style is very personal, lively. It grabs the reader as scholarship rarely does. Lejeune’s erudition and methodology are impeccable." Two substantial introductory essays by Jeremy Popkin and Julie Rak place Lejeune’s work within its critical and theoretical traditions and comment on his central importance within the fields of life writing, literary genetic studies, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Prefaces
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. Philippe Lejeune, Explorer of the Diary
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Dialogue with the Future: Philippe Lejeune's Method and Theory of Diary
  2. pp. 16-26
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  1. Part I. Introduction
  2. pp. 27-28
  1. The Practice of the Private Journal: Chronicle of an Investigation (1986-1998)
  2. pp. 29-48
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  1. Part II. The Diary: Origins
  2. pp. 49-50
  1. Counting and Managing
  2. pp. 51-60
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  1. Spiritual Journals in France from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries
  2. pp. 61-78
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  1. On Today's Date
  2. pp. 79-92
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  1. O My Paper!
  2. pp. 93-101
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  1. Marc-Antoine Jullien: Controlling Time
  2. pp. 102-121
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  1. Writing While Walking
  2. pp. 122-128
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  1. The "Journal de Jeune Fille"; in Nineteenth-Century France
  2. pp. 129-144
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  1. Part III. The Diary: Theory
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. The Diary on Trial
  2. pp. 147-167
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  1. Composing a Diary
  2. pp. 168-174
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  1. The Continuous and the Discontinuous
  2. pp. 175-186
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  1. How Do Diaries End?
  2. pp. 187-200
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  1. The Diary as "Antifiction"
  2. pp. 201-210
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  1. Part IV. The Diary: Practices
  2. pp. 211-212
  1. Auto-Genesis: Genetic Studies of Autobiographical Texts
  2. pp. 213-236
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  1. How Anne Frank Rewrote the Diary of Anne Frank
  2. pp. 237-266
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  1. Surveying Diaries, Surveying Cultures
  2. pp. 267-279
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  1. The Diary on the Computer
  2. pp. 280-298
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  1. Diaries on the Internet: A Year of Reading
  2. pp. 299-316
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  1. Journals of Exploration
  2. pp. 317-323
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  1. Rereading Your Diary
  2. pp. 324-326
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  1. Part V. Conclusion
  2. pp. 327-328
  1. Lucullus Dines with Lucullus
  2. pp. 329-336
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  1. Selected Works of Philippe Lejeune
  2. pp. 337-342
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 343-351
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824863784
Related ISBN
9780824833886
MARC Record
OCLC
436233456
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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