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The diary, or journal, consists of notes arranged according to the calendar in which a real or fictive author records the events of his or her realm of experience chronologically. The diary is essentially a product of the modern European process of individualization. Because of the plethora of its subjects and linguistic forms, the boundaries of its definition are fluid. It differs from the autobiography (Biography) in its topicality, immediacy, discontinuity, openness to the future, and the lack of an overall plan; from chronicles it differs in its degree of su…

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Schmidt, Thomas, “Diary”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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