Diaries Real and Fictional in Twentieth-Century French Writing

ISBN : 9780198814535

Sam Ferguson
256 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2018
Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs
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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

About the author: 

Sam Ferguson graduated from New College, Oxford, in French and Classics in 2008. In 2014 he completed a doctorate, also at New College, focusing on the history of the diary in French writing. During his doctorate he spent a year teaching as a lecteur at the Universite Paris Nanterre. He is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and his research touches on various aspects of life-writing, and the works of Andre Gide and Roland Barthes. He also teaches on a range of French language and literature courses at Oxford University.

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