ISBN : 9780198814535
This book provides the first historical account of the diary in French writing across the twentieth century. The diary came to prominence as a genre in France in the 1880s and since this time, writers have grappled with its double nature as a private writing practice and a public literary form. A series of studies on works by Andre Gide, Raymond Queneau, Roland Barthes, and Annie Ernaux follows these authors' varied experiments with the diary - in both fictional and nonfictional forms - and reveals its importance in French literary life.
Introduction; Part I: Andre Gide's diary-writing; 1 Les Cahiers d'Andre Walter; 2 Paludes; 3 Le Journal des Faux-monnayeurs; 4 The Journal 1889-1939; Part II: Diary-writing after Gide; 5 Raymond Queneau's OEuvres completes de Sally Mara; 6 The Return of the diary in Barthes's 'Vita Nova'; 7 Annie Ernaux: The place of the diary in modern life-writing; Conclusion