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1. Concept and genre

Conceptual history characterizes the concept of the diary as a European literary genre the span of which extends from the Greek ephemerídes to the Latin diarium, and from there to the vernacular terms that emerged in the 15th century (Italian diario and giornale; Spanish diario and jornal; English “diary” and “journal”; French journal). The German term Tagebuch was first used by Johannes Kepler in 1613 [2]; [7], and has been in general use alongside Journal borrow…

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Schönborn, Sibylle, “Diary”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028616>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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