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Diaries Real and Fictional in Twentieth-Century French Writing

Sam Ferguson


This is the first study of the diary in French writing across the twentieth century, as a genre including both fictional and non-fictional works. From the 1880s it became apparent to writers in France that their diaries (or journaux intimes) – a supposedly private form of writing – would probably come to be published, strongly affecting the way their readers viewed their other published works, and their very persona as an author. More than any other, André Gide embraced the literary potential of the diary: the first part of this book follows his experimentation with the diary in the fictional ... More

Keywords: diary, journal intime, autobiography, life-writing, André Gide, Raymond Queneau, Roland Barthes, Annie Ernaux

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198814535
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sam Ferguson, author
Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, University of Oxford