Life Narrative Methods for Working with Diaries

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What is a diary now? How are diary texts valued within contemporary literary/cultural frameworks? What is the significance of digital and online media in the continuation and evolution of diary writing as an autobiographical mode? This self-reflexive discussion considers methods and concepts for working with the diary as a hybrid contemporary form at a time when the nature of everyday acts of self-representation and the conventions around public and private identity/discourse are radically evolving.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methodologies for Auto/Biography Studies
EditorsKate Douglas, Ashley Barnwell
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780429288432
ISBN (Print)9780367255688
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Auto/Biography Series


  • diary writing
  • self-reflection
  • private identity

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    Cardell, K. (2019). Life Narrative Methods for Working with Diaries. In K. Douglas, & A. Barnwell (Eds.), Research Methodologies for Auto/Biography Studies (1st ed., pp. 90-95). (Routledge Auto/Biography Series). Routledge.