‘Share the Shame’: Curating the Child’s Voice in Mortified Nation!

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This chapter draws on Lynch’s idea of the “ante-autobiography”—the ethics of working with texts that come before public autobiography and/or may never have been intended to be read as autobiography. I consider a case study: adults retrospectively speaking back to their childhood and adolescent selves through the documentary diary project Mortified Nation. I raise some methodological and ethical questions about working retrospectively with child-authored personal diaries. I explore the potential value of the Mortified archive to researchers working with diaries of childhood and youth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren’s Voices from the Past
Subtitle of host publicationNew Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
EditorsKristine Moruzi, Nell Musgrove, Carla Pascoe Leahy
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-11896-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-11895-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
ISSN (Print)2634-6532
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6540


  • Childhood
  • Mementos
  • Autobiography
  • Diaries
  • Stories
  • digital spaces


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